Dimapur, August 13: The NDPP has appealed to all apex tribal organizations and their leaders, including the Naga Hoho (NH) and the Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) to unite in the greater interest of the society.
Reacting to the joint statement issued by the NH and NMA to statements made by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio at a meeting of the Joint Legislators Forum (JLF), the NDPP said that the CM had brought to the attention of the members that there was an urgent need to bring about unity especially amongst the apex bodies representing the people like the Naga Hoho and the NMA.
“It is a fact that at present some tribal hohos and organisations have already disassociated from the NMA and the NH due to various reasons and therefore it is the call of the Hon’ble chief minister and the PDA government that past differences be put aside by all tribes and that the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and that they come together under the spirit of unity and oneness,” it said.
However, the NDPP said the statement of the NH and the NMA missed the context in which the Chief Minister had made mention of the two organisations “and rightly so too since neither the NH nor the NMA were present in the meeting where this issue was deliberated.”
It is most unfortunate that the two organisations have come in condemnation of the Hon’ble Chief Minister solely basing their statement on hearsay and on the words of the people who have conveyed this to them. It was perhaps with ill intention that the person or persons who have misled the two organisations into believing that the Hon’ble Chief Minister has no regard for them (NH & NMA). It would perhaps have been more prudent if the members of the two organisations met with the Hon’ble Chief Minister and discussed their concerns instead of bringing out a statement basing on facts that had not appeared in the public domain and without ascertaining in what context those statements were made by the Hon’ble Chief Minister,” it said.
The NDPP stated that it has always been the intention of the Chief Minister to bring about oneness and unity amongst all Nagas and it has been his clarion call that all Naga organisations should come under one banner. “It is his belief that we can overcome all challenges and hurdles towards our quest for genuine peace through an honourable political solution and that we strengthen the peace process through our unity.
“It is also the call of the Hon’ble Chief Minister and the PDA government that in the greater interest of the Nagas and the future generations, an olive branch should be extended by these two apex bodies to the other tribal organisations in order to bring them back into their fold and rebuild the NH & the NMA to the stature it once held in the society. We believe that the respected leaders of the two organisations, all of who are meant to carry the mandate of their respective tribal hohos, will take this statement and the reiteration of our appeal for unity in a positive manner,” it said.
“It will in fact harbor well for Naga society that in future, apex organisations that represent the people should take up a more responsible and mature approach and meet across the table instead of issuing statements based on hearsay and assumptions,” it said.
Meanwhile the NDPP said the meeting of the Joint Legislators Forum (JLF) August 7 was a closed-door meeting of all the 60 Members of the NLA wherein many important matters were discussed. The Chief Minister and the members present deliberated on various issues pertaining to the state and its people which was not to be taken to the public domain but was for the consumption of those present in the meeting, it said.
“It is therefore unfortunate that the details of the discussions have been revealed to the public thus disregarding the trust and confidence reposed by the members present at the meeting on one another. It is also worrying that if such precedence is created then in the future the members may hesitate to speak freely with the doubt that such would be leaked out beyond the confines of the room. Therefore, it is necessary that the trust and confidence reposed on the members attending a closed-door meeting should not be abused,” it said. (Page News Service)