Stop attacking CM on integration issue: JD (U)

Stop attacking CM on integration issue: JD (U)

Kohima, July 6: In the midst of relentless attack on Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio over the purported statement against “Naga integration” by the opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF), the Janata Dal (United), one of the allies of the ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA), has come to the rescue of the Chief Minister.
In a press communiqué issued here today, the JD (U) insisted that the issue be put to rest and asked the oppositions to join hands for an early solution to the vexed Naga political problem. “The JD (U) appeals to one and all to put the issue at rest and join hands with one another for an early solution to the long pending Naga problem,” the press communiqué stated.
The JD (U) further said the party was constrained to issue the communiqué after ceaseless attack on Rio by the Opposition on Naga integration adding “the party feels that the clarification on the said issue was made on the 14th and 15th June 2018 which is categorically clear in so far as the confusion is concerned”.
The party said the communiqué of the Chief Minister dated 4th July was candid and that he was only conveying the actual statement of the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who had conveyed to the delegation of PDA who had called on him. “Therefore the JD (U) sincerely feels that there can be no cloud of doubt that can loom over the person of Hon’ble CM Shri Neiphiu Rio in so far as his stand on integration is concerned,” it added.
Even after clarification by the Chief Minister, the Opposition NPF has been asking the former to come out clean over his stand on Naga integration. The National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) has also termed the statement of Rio as treacherous stating that Naga integration is still the negotiating point but did not state whether integration would be part of the proposed agreement.
The NPF had castigated the Chief Minister for the statement and accused him of trying to derail the peace process.
The Union Government and political parties have ruled out Naga integration vis-a-vis alteration of state boundaries to resolve the Naga issue. (Page News Service)