KOHIMA, SEPTEMBER 10: Working President of Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) Alemtemshi Jamir today reiterated that the all-party government in the State is necessary for ‘settlement’ of the Naga political issue.
“Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has briefed NDPP leaders on the entire political development and we have discussed that it is necessary for ‘settlement'”, said Jamir while interacting with media persons on the sidelines of an official programme here.
“We accepted NPF’s proposal for an opposition-less government as it is necessary for the sake of one thing only i.e. “settlement” (of Naga political issue)”,’ he said.
“We want the settlement to take place as soon as possible… for that if the opposition-less government works out well we can approach the Naga political groups to get together and it is the public pressure that can bring them together”, he said.
On the delay in official formation of the opposition-less government, Jamir said there was a little bit of hesitancy on the part of the BJP because of the role and share in the Ministry.
“Those things have been sorted out as Chief Minister had gone to Delhi recently and have come back resolving the matter with the BJP leaders”, he said.
They (BJP national leaders) were a little afraid that People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) will disappear with the formation of an opposition-less government inclusive of NPF, but PDA will remain and that NPF is being added, he said.
Talks can resume with separation of Guv & Interlocutor
Asked for his reaction on Nagaland Governor RN Ravi being shifted as Governor of Tamil Nadu, Jamir said as a party they have not discussed the matter.
Nonetheless, on a personal note, Jamir said “Actually it is not correct for the Interlocutor to be also posted as the Governor”.
“So, now that the two have been separated and Ravi is out of the State as the Governor, the dialogue and negotiation process can start again”, he said.
Bringing the level of the talks to the level of a Governor of a State is reducing the level of the talks from abroad to the Prime Minister’s level must not have been very comfortable for the negotiating parties for the talks, he opined.
(Page News Service)