Constitution has enough space to redress grievances: Sonia
Reminding the youth of the futility of violence, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday said the Constitution had enough space to redress grievances, indicating that the Naga political conflict could be settled through peaceful means.
Addressing election rallies both at Mokokchung and Dimapur, Gandhi said those who believed in guns and violence to settle differences would never succeed, while problems could be resolved peacefully taking into consideration the views of all.
Pointing out that the Constitution was accommodative in nature and spirit, Gandhi asserted, "in a democracy we have to take into consideration the views of all concerned and the youth have to shun the path of violence."
Stating that the development was the need of the hour to fulfill the dreams of the youth, the Congress president said for development and prosperity there must be peace, stability and security.
The Congress which once gave statehood to the Naga people could only provide peace, stability and development in the state, she said and called on the people to vote for the party in the March 5 assembly election.
Attacking the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government, Gandhi alleged that corruption, violence and lawlessness were the hallmark of the alliance regime in the state.
Gandhi urged the people to ask DAN leaders where they had spent the huge funds released by the UPA government at the Centre during the past years to the state.
Claiming that the UPA government had initiated the development process in the North-east, Gandhi said the Centre allocated Rs 50,000 crore for the 11th Plan only for the road sector in the region.
"This huge fund is being allotted with a condition that it must be utilised properly," she said.
She also said the fund was being released for the construction of the Dimapur-Kohima railway line.
The Centre, she said, also gave priority for development of cross-border trade between the region and neighbouring countries. In this regard three border trade points had been identified in Nagaland.
She also highlighted the salient feature of the union budget 2008-09 on social and agriculture sector.
Before addressing at the Dimapur District Sports Complex ground, Sonia Gandhi also spoke at the Imkongmeren Sports ground at Mokokchung.