Tuesday, May 28, 2024

NPI: TR Zeliang asks Nagas “to introspect & retrospect and look at our own shortcomings”

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DIMAPUR, APRIL 15: Deputy Chief Minister, TR Zeliang today said whether one likes it or not, unless Nagas develop cordial relationship with the Centre, a small State like Nagaland can neither bring solution nor progress in development activities.
Speaking at an election campaign rally at Peren today, Zeliang said, “We have 24 Nationalist Factions which is adversely affecting our economy. If we are not serious to unite and resolve this protracted Naga Political Issue (NPI), our posterity will never forgive us.”
He further said Nagas have to accept that Ceasefire Agreement between NSCN-IM and GoI was signed in 1997 during Congress Rule both at the Centre under the Prime Ministership of Narasimha Rao and in the State under Chief Ministership of SC Jamir without involvement of the State Government, which was one good thing they have done for the Nagas.
However, he said not a single step was taken forward towards solution after the signing of the ceasefire agreement, rather the relationship between the State Government and the negotiating group, NSCN (IM) turned ugly.
He said after Modi came to power at the Centre he came to Nagaland on November 30, 2014 and interacted with all the Civil Societies and after listening to the voice of the Naga people and the elected members, he was fully convinced and determined to resolve Naga Political Issue and in his presence Framework Agreement was signed between GoI and NSCN-IM on August 3, 2015 and Agreed Position on November 17, 2017.
“Had there been no political will power from the top, such Political Agreement could have never been signed. Therefore, we should not squarely blame GoI alone for the delay in solution. To be honest, sometimes, we should introspect and retrospect ourselves and look at our own shortcomings, be it our fragmented NGOs and disunity among our Multi-Nationalist Groups”, he stated.
Addressing the rally, the Deputy Chief Minister listed out several initiatives and achievements of the NDA Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also talked about the CAA, UCC and FMR, besides Assam Healing (Prevention of Evil) Practices Bill, 2024.
Affirming that as elected representatives are concerned they are united and have come together and established Opposition-less Government for the sake of Naga Political problem and its early solution, Zeliang however, said that 60 elected Members alone cannot bring Naga solution unless “we shed our differences and come together with one voice for one solution which should be acceptable with the spirit of inclusiveness”.
About the PDA consensus candidate, he said Dr Chumben Murry is not a stranger but had served as MLA of 38 Wokha A/C for 2 terms in the past and was serving as Advisor to Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio.
“The challenge before us right now is to bring Dr. Chumben Murry to the Lok Sabha as MP and for this to happen, we must put in our strongest effort in getting him elected with a thumping majority”, he said.
He appealed to the people not to go for any work on April 19, but exercise one’s franchise.
(Page News Service)