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Dimapur, July 3: The Nagaland Public Rights Awareness and Action Forum (NPRAAF) has advised the Governor of Nagaland RN Ravi to “disengage in power struggle” with the elected State Government and shift priority to solving the Indo-Naga political imbroglio.
In a representation to the Governor, the NPRAAF information & publicity wing lauded the wisdom Ravi applied to make the breakthrough to the 6 decade old Indo-Naga issue and after 2 decades of peace talks, which it said was “extraordinary achievement”.
“Your contribution on Indo-Naga peace talk is phenomenal, it was only you who made possible the historic signing of Framework agreement in August 2015,” it said.
However, the forum opined that the Governor’s June 16 letter to the Chief Minister has diminished Nagas optimism of final solution, which has been hanging in the fire for the last 8 months since the deadline to take it or leave it expired on October 31, 2019 over the issue of Pan-Naga identity, a separate flag and a constitution.
“The remark in your letter to the Chief Minister stating that ‘I can no longer abstain from my constitutional obligations for law and order in the state under Article 371A (1)(b) has only put fear in the heart and mind of the masses that, Nagaland is heading for presidential rule rather than final settlement of Indo-Naga issue as article 371A(1)(b) confers special responsibility on Nagaland Governor with respect to law and order,’ it said.
The NPRAAF claimed that there were rampant fratricidal killings in late 80s and early 90s, where fear gripped the State, and people’s woes were compounded by extortions and corruption. “However following cease fire between Govt of India and the Naga groups peace ushered in the state,” it claimed.
“Corruption and extortions has always been there in the state just as in many other states of India, however comparatively the police and the para military forces has brought down the scale drastically. Therefore, it would be wrong to usurp the power of legitimately and democratically elected Government on the pretext of collapse of law and order and corruption,” it added. (Page News Service)