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‘If not now, when?’ NTC tells Nagaland MLAs to resign

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DIMAPUR, AUGUST 3: The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) has urged Members of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly to make good on their resolution to sacrifice their seats to pave the way for a solution to the Naga political issue.

A press release by the Council on Tuesday reminded that the Parliamentary Core Committee on Naga issue, in its July 9 meeting, resolved: “All members of the Core Committee and the Parliamentary Committee on Naga Political Issue, including the two Members of Parliament, have come together under the same banner in line with the election manifestos of all political parties and commit to the people that the elected members are prepared to pave way as and when an inclusive, honourable and acceptable solution arrived at”.
“If not now, when will better opportunity come to the elected leaders to implement the resolution by sacrificing your seats for the expeditious solution to Naga political issue? Such sacrifices will definitely make immense impact on the process of negotiations to the decades-old Naga political problems”, it stated.
According to NTC, the non-resolution of the Naga political issue and its extensive negotiations has taken immense toll on the economy, the social and political fabric and on the total well-being of the citizens of Nagaland in particular.
Despite negotiations with the GoI for 24 years now for the NSCN (IM), and for 4 years for the WC NNPGs, we are yet to see the other end of the tunnel, and thus the negotiations have become unconvincing, it stated.
“Nevertheless, all the negotiating parties with the GoI and the facilitators in the background have made much investment in terms of time, energy, and sacrifices. Having come thus far, we cannot afford to belie the people by letting the exercises to become a damp squib due to insincerity. Therefore, it has to be the endeavour of everyone to see that no stone is left unturned to ensure that the negotiations are brought to its logical conclusion”, it read.

The Council maintained that various announcements and promises over the years by political parties and politicians “have created anxiety amongst the people, and that the Nagas are impatient now to continue remaining in years of uncertainties”.
The longer the process of solution to Naga political issue takes, the more complicated it becomes to find a solution to this vexed Naga political problems, it added.
(Page News Service)