Nagaland Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu on Saturday urged public leaders not to have any personal grudges against each other, but to work together for the welfare of the Naga people.
Paying his maiden official visit to his native Kohima Village after becoming Chief Minister, Liezietsu also said political leaders cannot afford to have personal rivalry or enmity due to the differences of political ideologies during elections.
Election to the 60-member Nagaland Assembly is scheduled in February-March 2018.
Speaking at the 'Kerunyi' festival organised by Kohima Village Council here, the Chief Minister pointed out that elections will be held as long as the Naga people were under the Indian Constitution and called upon the people to learn to live peacefully with each other.
Kerunyi festival is observed in preparation of the year-long cultivation.
Liezietsu said that it was "God's plan" for him to become the Chief Minister and thanked the villagers for the support and help towards building peaceful atmosphere.
Calling upon his village leaders, Kohima Village which is reported to be the biggest village in Asia, the Chief Minister said that Kohima Village being the land owner of the state capital should be more co-operative and accommodative with any kind of developmental activities carried out by the state government.
"Being the land owner, we should not create any hindrance as far as welfare programmes of the government are concerned but to contribute positively and facilitate them," he said.
Liezietsu, while thanking and appreciating to the land donors for the upcoming Nagaland Medical College at Kohima, requested the land owners who are yet to donate their land to judiciously donate it for the welfare of "our future generations".