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Nagaland’s opposition-less govt. renamed as United Democratic Alliance

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KOHIMA, SEPTEMBER 18: Political parties in Nagaland Assembly changed the nomenclature of the opposition-less government in the State from Nagaland United Government (NUG) to United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
The decision was unanimously adopted during a joint consultative meeting of the legislators and party leaders of ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Naga People’s Front (NPF) and Independent MLAs, held at the State Banquet Hall here Saturday, said Government spokesperson, Neiba Kronu.

NUG was previously accepted by all the legislators but today’s meeting accepted UDA as a better option, said Kronu, who is also Minister for Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs while briefing media persons after the meeting.
The meeting also reiterated and endorsed the joint resolution between the 3 parties signed on August 11 and 13 as NUG, which states, “the political parties have realized that to achieve a peaceful solution to Naga Political Issue (NPI), the efforts and sincerity of the elected representatives towards bringing about settlement to the NPI is crucial, and the unity amongst them has to be paramount, so as to expedite and achieve the common goal of peaceful solution to the NPI.”
The joint consultative meeting on Saturday reiterated the earlier 5-point resolution maintaining that they will aim at promoting the Naga peace talks with a positive approach in the greater interest of achieving peace and to move forward under a positive environment that is conducive towards finding a political solution at the earliest time possible.
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton, Leader of NPF Legislature Party T R Zeliang, NDPP president Chingwang Konyak, BJP Nagaland president Temjen Imna Along, NPF secretary general Achumbemo Kikon and Independent MLA Tongpang Ozukum appended Saturday’s resolution.

In the 60-Member Nagaland Assembly, the effective strength is 59 as 1 seat is vacant due to the recent demise of a ruling NDPP legislator. NDPP has 20 MLAs, BJP – 12, NPF – 25 and Independent – 2.
The Government spokesperson also informed that the Chief Minister Rio would soon officially intimate the Assembly Speaker about the change of nomenclature of the Government to UDA, which would also be communicated to the Governor.
Ministry reshuffle left to CM Rio
Asked on the likely reshuffle of Cabinet portfolios in the newly constituted UDA Government, Kronu said, the legislators have decided to leave it to the prerogative of the Chief Minister.
However, NPF, which while being in the opposition had mooted the concept of opposition-less government had time and again maintained that their only intent was towards achieving solution to the long pending Naga political issue and to share power in the Government.
Assam CM & AK Mishra to hold talk with Naga negotiators on Sept 21
He also informed that Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is also the convener of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), as assigned by the Central Government, will come to Dimapur on September 21 to meet the Naga negotiators and other stakeholders along with AK Mishra.
Kronu said that the Core Committee of NPI constituted by the State Government is “very serious” to facilitate a solution and therefore will meet Sarma and Mishra.
Mishra knows the Naga political issue very well and therefore the Government is hoping for the best to come, said Kronu while replying to a query on the Government’s view on the change of Interlocutor.

Mishra’s appointment as Interlocutor is at an initial stage but he is well versed with our issues, said Kronu.
Asked if the Core Committee on NPI would be meeting the NSCN (K) Niki Sumi group, which has also recently entered into a ceasefire with the Government of India, he said at the moment there is no such decision.
(Page News Service)