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All eyes on next week’s administrative and political developments

Nagaland News

Our Spl Correspondent
NEW DELHI, APRIL 9: A few developments are on cards vis-à-vis the Naga peace talks. All eyes are on next week when Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and former Chief Minister SC Jamir are expected to be in the national capital.
Things are at a critical stage as the Centre is keen to ‘revive’ the stalled peace parleys with the NSCN (IM) ~ the group which has still stuck to the twin issues of flag and a separate Naga constitution.
Central agencies have also been put on the job to expedite their ‘assessment reports’.
One or two senior officials of the union Home Ministry may travel to Nagaland soon.
Last week, Jamir called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and both the leaders were understood to be keen on arriving at an early solution. Jamir in particular reportedly tried to impress upon the Prime Minister that further delay in the entire talks process may not be good for the purpose of attaining an effective solution and lasting peace.
Next week, Jamir, also a former Governor of Gujarat, is likely to meet Home Minister Amit Shah among others.
In the meantime, Chief Minister Rio is also expected to land at Delhi. Sources say besides administrative matters, the BJP and NDPP leaders are likely to discuss one additional ‘ministerial berth’ for the NDPP.
Things are at preliminary stage only, the source clarified.
The Union Home Ministry reportedly ticked off State authorities over a recent seminar hosted in Nagaland where ‘participants’ including from Punjab and Tamil Nadu made lengthy submissions against the Union of India.
Rio may face a few tough questions during his New Delhi visit. The issue of Enforcement Directorate issuing summons to five ‘close associates’ of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has been another curious development in recent weeks.
The Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court has rejected the appeal filed by the five ~ Kuovisieo Rio, Mengutuo Rio, Dsesevi Pielie, Vibeilietuo Kets and Mhalelie Rio ~ who had given their addresses as Sovima village, against the Enforcement Directorate summons.
In a joint statement RPP president Joel Naga and treasurer Vitho Zao pointed out that of the five individuals, at least two of them had Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) cases pending against them.
The Nagaland BJP leaders have been asked to have ‘enhanced interaction’ with various Naga groups and organisations such as the GB Federation. The Central Government representatives are also meeting State BJP leaders.
The saffron party may look for a right opportunity to garner political mileage and contest all 60 seats on its own as it did in Manipur and drew a huge success.