KOHIMA: Former Nagaland chief minister and NDPP candidate Neiphu Rio elected unopposed after his sole rival and NPF candidate in the Northern Angami constituency C Angami withdrew his nomination on Monday. Rio, the NDPP-BJP alliance chief ministerial candidate received certificate from the returning officer in the evening. Altogether 192 candidates are contesting in the February 27 assembly polls in the north eastern state.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said the government is willing to talk with the protestors if they shun the path of violence.
In a statement on Sunday, Gogoi said the doors for negotiations are always open for those who eschew violence and come forward for talks. “Violence will not solve any problems. It will rather compound matters. Only through non-violent and democratic, peaceful means all problems can be resolved amicably across the table. The doors for negotiations are always open for those who abjure violence".
The Chief Minister said that the government would not tolerate violent protests in any manner. “No one can be allowed to take law unto their hands”. he cautioned.
7 Mar 2009 - 7:22pm | editor
The Asom United Democratic Front, NCP, CPI, CPM leaders are holding a crucial meeting in the city of Guwahati on Saturday to finalise the seat sharing deal for the upcoming Lok Sabha poll in Assam slated for April 16 and 23.
The third front constituents earlier this month decided to strike the deal seeking a non Congress and non BJP government. Notably, the move for a third front came up as AGP started its confabulations with BJP. Several rounds of talks held earlier failed to hammer out a set of clear cut strategies but these parties have finalised thier seats and candidates.