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UPA, DAN not serious in finding Naga solution: BJP

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, NOV 8 (NPN):
Published on 9 Nov. 2012 12:31 AM IST
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BJP North East organizational in-charge P Chandrasekhar Rao Thursday slammed UPA-II and NPF led DAN government for not being serious in finding a solution to the protracted Naga political issue.

Talking to Nagaland Post during a meeting organized by state BJP at Aiko Building Dimapur, Rao said that even after 15 years of negotiations, there has been no “sight or signs” of any solution rather there was a “lack of transparency on the talks”.

He also added that no one knew at what level the talks have reached including the points of differences/agreements or any other aspects related to the ongoing negotiation.

The BJP leader insisted that the ongoing Naga talks should be focused mainly on the welfare of the Naga society and not on taking “political mileage” out of the same. UPA and NPF led government were just making a “mockery of the Naga peace process” by just stating that the peace process was making progress, he said and asked if this was so why was there a need for the formation of Joint Legislators Forum (JLF) comprising of the ruling and opposition parties.

Chandrasekhar Rao reminded that it was under Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s leadership, the NDA government had recognized the “uniqueness of the Naga political history” and initiated the cease-fire and brought the NSCN (I-M) to the negotiating table.

He said BJP has offered its full cooperation to the ongoing negotiation acknowledging that a political solution would only bring a wider socio economic development. Pointing out that just a “political negotiation” would not bring about socio-economic development, the BJP leader said that both the Centre and state should also initiate socio-economic negotiations.

On Eastern Nagaland, Rao said that the people of the region felt that they were deprived of development due to poor infrastructure and facilities.
Chandrasekhar Rao pointed out that even the roads in Eastern Nagaland were in a deplorable condition. Unemployment, industrialization, health, education, roads, and forestry were some of the areas that required adequate attention from the centre, he said.

Chandrasekhar Rao urged “efficient” Naga leaders to join hands with BJP for peace and development of the Nagas stating that prolonged period of political disturbances and corrupt state governments have deprived the state of much developmental opportunities.

The BJP leader also announced that BJP would be contesting the forthcoming state election on the issue of “peace and development”. 
Chandrasekhar Rao added that the party has already identified 20 Assembly constituencies where its candidates would be contesting and more would be included before Christmas.

Those who were present during the meeting included state BJP vice presidents K. Medom Angami, Johnny G. Rengma and R. Sopu Angami along with party spokesman and general secretary K. James Vizo and media cell convener Jaangsillung Gonmei. Chandrashekhar Rao would leave Guwahati later in the evening after his two days visit to the state where he had serious of meetings with BJP top officials and workers.

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