BJP sees 'sinister design' in truce extension with NSCN-IM

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Kohima, Sep 14 (UNI) The BJP has accused the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre of having 'sinister designs' in the indefinite extension of a cease-fire between the Government and the NSCN-IM.

The BJP also termed it a ''ploy'' to gain political mileage on the verge of the Assembly elections, slated to be held in the first part of next year.

Addressing a press conference last evening, BJP national spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy appealed to the UPA Government to spell out their intention and provisions for ensuing peace in Nagaland instead of making 'ambiguous' and 'dangerous' statements, as the Naga people, including those working for peace in the state, had a right to know about the proceedings and peace proposals.

''The ambiguity shown by the Congress leadership in its statement is dangerous,'' he stated.

Answering a question, Mr Rudy said there was no leadership crisis in the BJP in Nagaland and the party was in total favour of another coalition government.

He also said the BJP was pleased and comfortable with the present Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) Government and they were 'judiciously' using the funds arranged by the then NDA Government in the Centre for the developmental works for the people.

The BJP leader condemned the lackadaisical approach of the Union Government in providing resources for infrastructural support for the four-lane highway on NH-39, airport in Kohima, power generation projects and tourism infrastructure for the state.

Mr Rudy was all praise for the people of Nagaland for electing BJP legislators to serve them in remotest parts of the country and acknowledged immense contribution of BJP legislators and ministers for contributing towards the people of the state.

He also opined that Nagaland and the rest of the North-eastern states of the country still had untapped potential of hydro-power electricity and suggested that these sectors be given top priority to convert the region to a power house of the country.

UNI

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