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Govt., NPF agree to disagree on Naga issue

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KOHIMA, NOVEMBER 15: The Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) and the ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) continue to stick to their guns, to agree to disagree in an effort to find a common platform for the people’s representatives to sail in the same boat, on the Naga political issue.


Attempts are being made by both the parties with different approaches for the same objective. Apparently, the political parties are trying to score points before a final agreement is signed between the Union Government and the Naga militant groups. Even the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah has asked NPF to rejoin the Joint Legislators’ Forum (JLF) on Naga political issue. But former Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition, T R Zeliang has placed a condition which was rejected by Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio and the PDA.
Now the NPF has reiterated their demand for a special Assembly Session to deliberate on the impending Naga solution. The demand was also rejected by Rio, who asked the Opposition to endorse the October 15, consultative meeting with various Naga organizations, churches and prominent citizens at the State banquet hall. NPF has refused saying they were not part of the meeting.
Nevertheless for the PDA and NPF to come together is an Assembly resolution, and that is exactly what the Opposition Members are again demanding ~ that special Assembly Session be convened at the earliest. This demand has come against the backdrop of reports of Chief Minister Rio likely to convene a special session to iron out differences and take all 59 MLAs and 2 MPs, onboard the peace process.
“There is no reason to endorse the October 15 resolution, but if Assembly is called then Assembly resolution can be passed,” said a senior NPF Lawmaker.
Another senior MLA also said it is not necessarily to endorse the resolution but they have been insisting that a special Assembly session be convened to discuss the issue. He said they boycotted the last Assembly as the Government refused to discuss the issue.
“We have been suggesting that there should be a special session on Naga political issue and pass a consensus Assembly resolution. But we do not know whether Government will agree to it or not,” he added.
Yet another senior NPF MLA demanded that CM Rio immediately respond for the special session. He also said there is nothing to recognize or endorse the October 15 resolution. “There is nothing,” he claimed.
“Affirmed to relentlessly work in a collective and unified manner with one voice so as to facilitate the peace process and strengthen the negotiation for early realisation of the desired one solution in a transparent manner which is acceptable and honourable,” the Number 7 resolution of October 15 stated.
On October 15, Rio also stressed on one Naga family, One solution and a shared future together adding that Naga people’s movement is a journey of common hope. But NPF’s political slogan is “One solution, one agreement”.
NPF insisted that for a common journey JLF be done away and replaced with a Parliamentary Working Committee (PWC) headed by the Chief Minister, with less members, represented by three major Legislature groups, the NPF, NDPP and BJP ~ but this suggestion was not accepted by the PDA.
“Let bygones be bygones and from here on, let us pray that we all sail in unison until we achieve the goal in sincerely assisting to bring about permanent peace in our land,” said former CM, Zeliang.
Currently NPF has its own Political Affairs Mission (PAM) and brokering peace between Naga militant groups and trying to cement differences amongst different Naga organisations.
(Page News Service)

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