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NPF to meet Naga groups


Kohima, August 27: Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) is contemplating to make another attempt to bring Naga negotiating groups to a common platform and iron out differences for a solution.
The cock party has already withdrawn from Joint Legislators’ Forum (JLF) on Naga political issue, which consists of 60 MLAs and two MPs cutting across party lines.
The party has decided to form a Political Affairs Mission (PAM) which will consist of several top functionaries. They would be assigned with the task of meeting Naga underground groups (popularly addressed as Naga political groups) in another attempt to bring them to a common ground for acceptable and honourable solution.
The PAM will also call on Central leaders and various stakeholders in an effort to give fillip to the peace process.
The opposition decided to walk out of JLF castigating Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio of not being sincere and being obstinate with the issue, despite request by the NPF for deliberation on the Naga peace process. Interestingly Rio has almost remained silent over Naga political issue after the formation of People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) Government, where BJP is a formidable political force to steer the Government.
“The Political Affairs Mission will meet various groups to bring about solution, once the members are constituted,” said senior NPF lawmaker, Yitachu.
Former Assembly Speaker and MLA, Chotisuh Sazo said the team will also meet central leaders. “We will try to meet central leaders as well as all the stakeholders,” he said.
Recently a senior NPF leader accused the Governor and Centre’s emissary to Naga talks, R N Ravi of patronizing 14 Naga tribes and other groups engaged in the peace process with the Union Government. He said the interlocutor holding dual charge has caused casualty to Naga talks.
NPF president, Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu has once again underscored the need for an acceptable and honourable solution. He reiterated his party’s stand at a marathon meeting of the party’s working committee at Kohima on Wednesday.
The State Government has also reiterated acceptable and honourable solution for lasting peace in the State.
But on the other hand, lately differences have cropped up among Naga civil society organizations – one for any solution and another group is for acceptable and honourable solution. This difference of opinion has compounded the already confused situation.
The NPF had taken the responsibility to convince the leadership of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) and the Central leaders to take other Naga underground groups onboard the peace process in 2017. The party delegation also met the Naga leaders during uncertainty time in October last year, when the Union Government had set a deadline of October 31 to resolve Naga issue. (Page News Service)