KOHIMA, AUGUST 2: The Parliamentary Committee on Naga Political Issue (NPI) today emphasized on the need for Naga political negotiators to come together for one solution and agreement and also to pressurize the Centre for an early solution of the decades old Naga issue.
This was emphasized during the almost 3-hour long “fruitful” meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on NPI held in the State Banquet Hall here, said Member Secretary of the Parliamentary Committee and Minister for Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, Neiba Kronu coming out of the closed-door meeting.
He said that along with CM, Deputy CM and Opposition Leader, the Rajya Sabha MP KG Kenye and BJP and Independent MLAs shared their views on the issue.
Due to the time factor and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Core Committee of the Parliamentary Committee on NPI went ahead meeting the Naga groups separately at Dimapur on July 20 and 21, he said.
The July 9 resolution of the Core Committee of the Parliamentary Committee on NPI was also discussed in today’s meeting while it would further be deliberated on the first day of the monsoon session of the State Assembly on Tuesday before adopting a resolution on the issue by the House, he said.
Everybody is of the opinion that since time is running out and if something is not achieved at the earliest on the Naga political issue, next year would be causing a hurry, he said.
Nagaland would go to polls in early 2023.
“We want to bring the Naga negotiating parties together for one solution and one agreement and also strongly pressure the Centre for an early solution”, he said.
Asked whether the Core Committee could be holding deliberations on the issue with the Naga civil society organizations, Kronu said it is yet to hold any official meeting but even the Naga civil societies are of the same opinion that the negotiating parties should come together and talk to the Government of India as one for an early solution.
Expressing that the Core Committee will approach the Central Government only after the two Naga negotiating groups sit across the table as one, he said that earlier also the State legislators met the Central leaders and their response has always been to bring them (Naga groups) together.
Therefore, he recalled that the Chief Minister Rio and Opposition Leader Zeliang had issued a joint statement on December 18 while the State Assembly in its budget session in February had adopted a resolution reiterating the past resolution for an early solution.
Asked whether the Government has discussed on the NSCN(IM)’s 12-hour shut down call starting midnight tonight till 12 Noon on Tuesday protesting the Centre’s silence for 6 years even after signing the Framework Agreement on August 3, 2015, Kronu said the legislators would share their opinions during the discussion on Naga political issue in the floor of the Assembly tomorrow.
Kronu said that among the members, Lok Sabha MP Tokheho Yepthomi could not attend the meeting because of the Parliament session. (Page News Service)