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GoI, NSCN (IM) racing against time to ink final accord before polls

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Kohima, November 18: The Union Government and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) are in a hurry to ink a final accord before the Nagaland state general elections slated for February next.

The State Government has also insisted that solution to Naga political problem be resolved before elections - the reason being it would set hurdles if solution has to come after the polls are conducted. 

NSCN source said they are in hurry to sign a final agreement with the Government of India before the State election, adding that they are giving final touch to the agreed points. 

A source said finalization process is underway for a final agreement. "Trying hard for a logical conclusion before election," a source said.

The NSCN source further said the Union Government has recognised Nagas' unique history and basing on that they are at the final stage to resolve the decades old Naga political problem. 

The Union Government and the NSCN had signed a "Framework Agreement" on August 3, 2015 but so far the details of the agreement has not been disclosed despite waves of criticisms from some quarters including rival rebel groups. But the leadership of the group said it was a one page agreement to carry forward the peace process. 

"It is well on our side. Hope to see a new dawn soon," another NSCN source said. 

Before signing a final agreement the NSCN and the Government of India had agreed to take onboard other groups and that task was entrusted to centre's interlocutor, R N Ravi. 

The Nagaland Legislators Forum also stated that in view of the state Assembly elections it is considered that the settlement of Naga political issue is done before elections to prevent shift of focus from settlement to election. For this reason the NLF has decided to conduct an all political party meeting at the earliest. The NLF has also decided to send a delegation of Legislators to New Delhi to meet the central leaders, including the Prime Minister to seek for an early solution before election. 

In 1998 the same call was given by several Naga organisations led by the Naga Hoho and political parties but the Union Government went ahead with the elections. 

This time round the Election Commission of India (ECI) has already started preparation for conduct of polls in the state.

The Naga People's Front (NPF) reiterated its stand to pave way in the event of the realization of a negotiated political settlement that is honourable and acceptable to the people. In a letter to the Assembly Speaker the ten NPF lawmakers said the commitment will be fulfilled on any day, be it one day, one week one month or one year after formation of a new government. "We have been displaying our sincerity throughout towards early solution to the Naga political problem and we have not failed any one for that matter," the legislators stated. 

"In 1964, when ceasefire was signed between the Government of India and the Federal Government of India, all the DPN Legislators resigned from the Nagaland Legislative Assembly to facilitate the peace process for bringing about amicable solution of the problem," the NPF said. 

Further the letter stated: "In 1998, our party did not participate in the general election in Nagaland in response to the call of Naga Hoho, NGOs, Civil Societies and the Naga people. For our non participation the ECI had freeze our election symbol and de-recognised our party. We have no regret for that because we have responded to the call of the people "solution and not election". We could regain our party's recognition and our symbol "Cock' only after our participation in 1999 Lok Sabha election". The cock party said that was how they had shown that they are prepared to go to any extend for the solution of the Naga political problem. 

"Our party's stand on Naga political issue is therefore unquestionable and we will continue to hold that stand till the settlement comes" the letter added.

Yesterday the ten MLAs abstained from NLF meeting convened by the Speaker in protest against the current political imbroglio in the party and Speaker's alleged partisan role in resolving the "cock fight" after former chief minister and NPF President, Dr, Shurhozelie Liezietsu's government was dismissed. (Page News Service) 

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