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Nagaland Election: Narendra Modi campaign at Tuensang; says Nagaland need a stable government to bring a solution to the vex Naga issues

Kohima, Feb 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, Nagaland needs a stable Government to bring in development and peace. Addressing an election rally for BJP-NDPP alliance in Tuensang district yesterday, Modi said his government is working sincerely to bring a solution to the vexed Naga political problem, and is open to consultations with all stakeholders. Modi said the priority areas for development will include infrastructure, water, electricity, connectivity and tourism. The Prime Minister said special focus will be given to Eastern Nagaland in terms of infrastructure development and welfare schemes. On the Centre’s plan to connect all State Capitals by Rail, the Prime Minister said 3,000 crore rupees have been sanctioned for Dimapur-Kohima rail connectivity. For Kohima Smart City project, he informed that Centre has already sanctioned 1,800 crore rupees. On the Centre’s Project on Housing for all, he said the Centre will spend about 1,600 crore rupees on housing for Nagaland. Mr Modi also said the Centre is giving priority to make agriculture products in the Northeast region hundred percent organic.

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One killed in poll related incident in Nagaland

Kohima, Feb 23: In an election related violence, a clash between supporters of two opposing parties allegedly cause of the death of a youth at Tuli town in Mokokchung district yesterday. As per the FIR, the victim identified as Longshak Konyak, succumbed to head injury on the way to a hospital in Jorhat. The incident is reported to have taken place when a group of youth travelling in a gypsy, were pelted with stones by some youth who were by the roadside. According to Mokokchung police, a complaint was also filed at Tuli PS by the party of the deceased subsequent to the incident which alleged that the rival party supporters had attacked their youth. Later, the affected party also submitted a four-charter of demands to ADC Tuli.
Mokokchung police have launched a manhunt to nab the culprits and assured that an impartial investigation would be carried out.
Meanwhile, ACAUT Nagaland has expressed concern at poll related violence, assassination attempts and mal-practices which are in direct contravention to the NBCC’s Call for clean election and the democratic process of the country.
In a release, ACAUT said the organization was shocked and greatly saddened at the loss of a life at Tuli in an election related incident.

ACAUT also condemned village councils that have declared village candidates and the alleged involvement of certain NNPGs in forcefully dictating village councils to declare village candidates. It asked the Naga national political groups to ensure that no rank and file violates their standing Azha.
ACAUT further urged the administration and ECI to reinforce security in those villages that have declared Village candidates.
ACAUT Nagaland also appealed to all voters to heed to their good conscience during this election.

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Repeal act of Parliamentary secretary passed by voice vote, opposition walk out

Imphal,Feb 23: State Assembly today passed the The Manipur Parliamentary Secretary (Salary and Allowances) Repeal Act, 2018 was passed today by voice vote as opposition congress strongly opposed the passing of the bill as it would amount to violation of the constitution.
Veteran Congress leader G. Gaikhangam who had never spoken in the session was heard for the first time in this session telling that discussing or passing introduction of the act to the assembly itself is unconstitutional and passing it would defame the sanctity of the assembly.
MLA Joykishan, K. Meghachandra, DD Thaisii among others strongly opposed the passing of the Act. With the treasury and the opposition benches member started arguing over the matter the speaker was left with no choice but to follow the rules of procedure. Later he took voice vote and passed the act.
The state Assembly session was later concluded today and adjourned sine die.

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Speaker lose patience; stands, shouts over members demand

Imphal, Feb 23: Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly Yumnam Khemchand almost lost his patience after opposition MLA Khumukcham Joykishan demanded clarification over his queries which he felt that the leader of the house failed to clarified while discussion on the passing of the Manipur Appropriation Bill 2018.
Eyes of not only the 60 members turned toward the angry speaker but the people was surprised after the Speaker of the House Yumnam Khemchand stood up from his sit and ordered the complaining MLA to sit down and even order the Marshal to pull out the MLA.
However, the Speaker quickly cools down after the member Joykishan went to his sit. MLA Joykishan was urging the leader of the house to clarify on the whereabouts of the shops allotted for selling of the wheat procured under National Food Security Act. He also said that the leader of the house had left out to left out the total wheat allocated monthly for the state as well as the provisions which the wheat were allocated to four agents. Joykishan also stated that the leader of the house did not answer what he sought regarding the failure to pay salary/honorarium to labourers working at Mao Potato Farm.
A heated argument took place between the speaker of the house and MLA Joykishan took place after the member stated if the speaker misunderstood to what he had sought from the concern leader of the house.
Another dramatic turned out occurred after the CAF and PD Minister stated that he had already provided answer. The speaker nearly turned his eyes to the CAF&PD but the Minister reply as per the directives of the speaker.

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