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Republican Party of India launches Nagaland unit
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Republican Party of India (Athawale) president and Union minister Ramdas Athawale during the launch of the Nagaland unit of the party in Dimapur on Tuesday.
 DIMAPUR, Feb 19 - The Republican Party of India (Athawale) launched its Nagaland unit at the Agri Expo site here today.

Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale, who is also the national president of the Republican Party of India (Athawale), officially launched the party unit at a brief programme and announced names of its office-bearers. Mughato Aye will lead the party as its president in the State, he said.

Athawale said the Republican Party of India, founded by the main architect of the Constitution Dr BR Ambedkar, stands for all weaker sections of the society such as SCs, STs, OBCs and even the economically weaker section of the general category of people for whom the party pushed for reservations recently.

The minister assured to make available the various welfare schemes under his ministry to the people of Nagaland.

Noting that Nagaland lacks proper roads, Athawale hoped the commuters can travel with ease from Dimapur to the State capital, Kohima, in one hour with the completion of the under-construction National Highway-29. The 75-km distance between Dimapur to Kohima normally takes around three hours now.

Athawale also felt that the State needs investments from big companies of the country in the form of setting up of industries to generate revenue and employment for local youths. He said he had met Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton in the morning and deliberated on development issues of the State. He added that he has invited Rio to Mumbai to discuss investment options by big business houses.

During his maiden visit to the State, the minister also met Governor PB Acharya at the Raj Bhavan in Kohima on Monday. Athawale was scheduled to visit Mon for distribution of appliances for empowerment of persons with disabilities under the RVY scheme on Monday, but bad weather prevented his chopper from landing there.

Addressing a press conference later at the Raj Bhavan, the minister said wheelchairs were distributed to the people with disabilities in his absence in Mon. On the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Athawale said his party supported the Bill when it was passed in the Lok Sabha. He, however, said the Central Government should respect the sentiments of the people of North East India.

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