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NPCC demands dismissal of Rio-led UDA Govt.

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Demands implementation of the both FA & AP

KOHIMA, JUNE 1: Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee, while charging that the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio-led United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Government is no longer a peoples’ government, today demanded its dismissal.
The Congress made the demand through a representation submitted to the Raj Bhavan Secretariat today in the absence of Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi, NPCC president K Therie told reporters during a press conference at Congress Bhavan here. It has however not set any deadline for Rio’s dismissal.
Recollecting the NSCN (IM) alleging Nagaland legislators of overstepping their role as facilitators of the Naga political issue and jumping beyond their ‘assigned role’, Therie said, the statement is an admission that NSCN (IM) is running the State Government and not UDA.
The Congress Party expected the Chief Minister Rio would deny the allegation, which he has not done so far.
Expressing that their (NSCN (IM) and Rio Government) survival is interdependent, he said “this is the reason they have no concrete agenda for a solution to Naga political issue for the last 25 years… Their inner mind is to survive together without settlement”.
Huge arms and ammunitions were lost and the State Government continues to fund through cuts from development funds and allowing extortion deliberately on all the items systematically, impacting price hike, the Congress said.
The Government has been allowing extortion deliberately on all the items systematically impacting price hike, he said adding that insurgent summons are more feared and people take their dispute cases to ‘insurgent courts’ now, Therie said “administration has long collapsed”.
On Rio’s statement made on Tuesday that as facilitator of the Naga peace process, the Government cannot voice anything, except bringing the negotiators together, Therie said “does Rio represent people of Nagaland or nothing… if he does not represent anything, why should he sit in the chair of people’s government, he should be dismissed”.
He said that the Rio Government is no longer a people’s government but acting as facilitator as assigned by NSCN (IM) and therefore Congress has demanded his dismissal to facilitate implementation of the political solution.
On the Core Committee approaching Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to mediate the Naga solution, he said “it is submission of the sovereign powers of the State Government to Assam Government”.
Wondering as to why the Core Committee of the Nagaland Government went to another Chief Minister, he asked, does Sarma have partnership or control over Nagaland State as well?
“Congress respects all the neighbouring States, but we do not want involvement of another State on the political solution as it concerns the State of Nagaland”, he said.
As the State Government, they should have said that since two agreements have already been signed ~ Framework Agreement with NSCN(IM) and Agreed Position with the Working Committee of Naga National Political Groups ~ it should be implemented immediately.
Also since they have said that they are ready to pave the way for a solution, the Rio Government should say that if the Centre is ready to implement both the agreements, they should be dismissed.
“After having agreed, what is the difficulty in implementing”, he questioned.
On NSCN(IM) stand for separate flag and constitution of the Nagas, which is delaying the final solution, Therie claimed that “they (NSCN(IM) and GoI) have inner agreement… and now after signing the Framework Agreement why they have to back out from the inner understanding which has been finalized before signing the Agreement”.
He also said that 25 years is enough for the solution as the 16-Point Agreement was done in one year whereas the 9-Point Agreement was done in 1 month, so now why 25 years of negotiations has been hollow while they have not even been able to bring out a concrete paper.
“Now people are different and people will not shelter anymore because today we are under threat and intimidation and being extorted by our own brothers”, he said.
“For Nagaland’s issue, people here should have freedom to decide and we should not be dictated by other people”, Therie said.
On the NSCN (IM) and WC NNPGs not coming together for one final solution as has been asked by the GoI, Therie said there is no need for them to come together as there will be one law and one proclamation (post solution) and all have to obey it.
(Page News Service)

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