No Naga solution soon

No Naga solution soon

Kohima, July 17: The much hyped final Indo-Naga pact is unlikely to be signed soon looking at the ground realties and the Union Government’s inability to convince opposing parties.
This conclusion, according to sources, is based on political equations. With India going for general election early next year, the BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is unlikely to risk signing an agreement with Naga groups, especially with the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) led by Khole Konyak and Thiungaleng Muivah, which could affect neighbouring states.
The Centre’s efforts for total surrender and offer of rehabilitation and economic package are not likely to be accepted by the Naga groups. However, if accepted it could heighten the BJP’s position in the forthcoming general elections. But this appears unlikely.
Sources said BJP was unlikely to sign an agreement soon, as expected, with the NSCN (IM) as elections are approaching, and secondly the Union Government is also engaged in preliminary talks with other Naga militant groups.
The Centre has categorically stated that there will be only one agreement with the Naga groups. But the predicament is while NSCN (IM) is seeking for an integration of contiguous Naga areas; the other groups said they will seek solution for the Nagas of Nagaland.
The Centre has ruled out Naga integration. But sources said they have agreed for “Pan-Naga solution”, which is also opposed by the Manipur Government.
Sources said while the re-drafted proposed agreed points to the Union Government have been submitted, solution may not be in the near future due to opposition from some quarters like Manipur which said no Naga agreement will be allowed, even remotely, touch Manipur State. Currently a delegation led by Manipur Chief Minister, Biren Singh is in New Delhi meeting top Central leaders.
Sources said while the NSCN (IM) is in hurry to ink the final agreement with the Government of India, the latter was a bit hesitant to sign the pact which could ignite opposition and could affect BJP’s prospect in next year’s election. Further the NSCN (IM) wants the agreed points be tabled in the coming monsoon session of Parliament, which is also now most unlikely.
NSCN (IM) sources also said final agreement could be delayed, adding that the group is committed to resolve the Naga political problem and insisted that the Centre keep its words.
So far no Naga group has disclosed the contents of the talks, but NSCN (IM) said there was no hide and seek about the August 3, 2015 Framework Agreement with the Union Government. Some Naga organisations, individuals and rival factions have accused the NSCN (IM) of concealing the Framework Agreement. (Page News Service)