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PDA appeals NPF to reconsider decision to withdraw from JLF

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‘NDPP, BJP & IND will continue as JLF members’

Dimapur, August 20: The ruling PDA in Nagaland has appealed to opposition NPF to reconsider its decision to withdraw from the Joint Legislators Forum (JLF) in the greater interest of Naga society.
The NPF Legislature Party had withdrawn its membership from the JLP on August 18, alleging that the forum had failed to make any progress due to the “half-hearted approach of the present day Government.”
“JLF on Naga political issue has become a mere Forum without any tangible road-map to the Naga political issue on its part,” the party had alleged.
But the PDA was of the firm opinion that the JLF will continue to play its role of facilitating the peace process with committed dedication to fulfill the cry and will of the people. It resolved that the NDPP, BJP and Independent members will continue to carry out its responsibilities as members of the JLF.
Adopting these resolutions in a meeting held today at the State Banquet Hall, Kohima, the PDA also welcomed the decision of the Prime Minister, Union Home Minister and the Government of India for taking the initiative to resume the Indo-Naga political dialogue with utmost seriousness “in our collective endeavour for a political solution that will pave the way for peace, progress and all round development.”
The resolutions signed by NDPP president Chingwang Konyak and State BJP president Temjen Imna Along also reiterated PDA’s support to the peace process in its role as active facilitator in order to create an atmosphere that is conducive to the realization and successful landing of a political solution.
Guv I-Day message
The PDA also took note of the people’s concern on the contents of Nagaland Governor’s Independence Day message where negative statements on Nagaland were made.
“The PDA observes that the speech has not been well received by the people. Though Nagaland may not be the best performing state, we are making every effort to take the State forward on all developmental fronts. As representatives of the people, the PDA is compelled to voice the feelings of the people,” it stated.
NLA Speaker appeals
Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly has also appealed to the opposition NPF to reconsider its decision to withdraw from the JLF.
The appeal by the NLA Speaker Sharingain Longkumer was made through a letter addressed to the opposition leader TR Zeliang along with the resolution adopted during the meeting of the PDA held in Kohima on Thursday.
The Speaker said he is saddened to learn that the NPF members have decided to withdraw from the JLF which was formed solely to address the protracted and very pertinent Naga political issue.
“It has taken 23 long years for all the stakeholders to arrive at the present situation wherein we have all witnessed significant progress,” he said, adding that “at such a crucial juncture let us continue to support and pro-actively facilitate with all stakeholders through the JLF.
Attaching the PDA resolution with his letter, the Speaker while reiterating the PDA resolution unanimously resolving to appeal to all NPF members to reconsider its decision to withdraw from the JLF, requested the NPF to reconsider the decision taken.
(Page News Service)