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Rio, Patton, Zeliang, Nienu to meet Shah on Naga issue

Nagaland News

KOHIMA, MAY 13: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Deputy Chief Minister Yanthungo Patton, Chairman of UDA TR Zeliang and the newly appointed co-chairman of UDA Kuzholuzo Nienu will be leaving for Delhi next week to pressurize the Central Government to resolve the vexed Naga Political Issue (NPI).
They will head for Delhi early next week to meet the Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
The decision to this effect was taken during the first meeting of the Core Committee of the Parliamentary Committee on Naga Issue of the State Government following 21 out of the 25 Naga People’s Front (NPF) legislators joining the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) on April 29.
The meeting was held in the State Banquet Hall at Chief Minister’s Residential Complex here Friday.
This was revealed by Minister for Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs Neiba Kronu, who is also the member secretary of the Core Committee.
He said being the first meeting of the Core Committee after 21 NPF legislators joining the NDPP and the appointment of NPF MLA Nienu as the co-chairman of the Core Committee, Chief Minister Rio and UDA Chairman Zeliang briefed the house on their meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Shah and other Central leaders with the plea to resolve the Naga issue.
Asked if they would also be meeting Naga factions, he said the decision will soon be taken by the Committee later.
Currently NSCN leaders, led by VS Atem, are in New Delhi having talks with Centre’s Interlocutor, AK Mishra.
But an NSCN insider said so far there was no breakthrough in the talks and that the team is heading back to Nagaland for further consultation.
The two negotiating parties are trying to break the stalemate on separate flag and constitution for Nagaland (Nagalim) ~ the demand which the Government of India has rejected. But the NSCN said they will not sign the agreement till their demands accepted by the Centre. The Central Government has agreed for a cultural flag but turned down for a political flag.
(Page News Service)