Nagaland Governor P B Acharya on Tuesday said the decades-old vexed Naga political issue would be resolved within the next six months.
He asserted that if Nagaland and the North-east were to progress, then the Naga issue should be brought to an amicable conclusion acceptable to all stakeholders.
Interacting with media persons at Raj Bhavan in Kohima on Tuesday, Acharya asserted that inclusion of Naga areas from Manipur, Assam and Myanmar to form a greater Nagaland was a ‘difficult task and might not be possible immediately’.
He, however, said welfare of Nagas should be at the top of the agenda right now for Nagaland.
He also expressed happiness at the appeal of NSCN (I-M) leader Th Muivah to observe fast on March 18 and said he too would fast that day.
On the current political scenario, Acharya said as per democratic tradition, an experienced leader befitting the opposition would be a great asset to the State.
He remarked that a ray of hope was there in the entire North-east and that he was looking forward to team work, development and transparency. He said all these hopes and aspirations should be put into action.
Acharya also informed the media that he had instructed NDPP-BJP chief ministerial candidate Neiphiu Rio for preparing a decentralized budget where every district must be given a budget allocations for everything like roads, schools, etc.
He also said a decentralized budget would ensure transparency and provide greater benefits to the people.
Stating that the NDPP-BJP alliance had 30 members, the Governor confirmed having received a letter from JD (U) president extending support to the alliance.
Disclosing that NPP’s state unit too had forwarded its letter of support, Acharya said he had instructed state NPP president, Ato Yepthomi to get the letter signed by its central president and its two legislators.