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Asungba’s stand on Naga issue
Dimapur, Mar 29 (NPN):
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Published on 30 Mar. 2009 12:49 AM IST
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Reacting to the statement made by state chief minister Neiphiu Rio at an election rally , that the Congress candidate for the Lok Sabha election in Nagaland and former MP Mr. K.Asungba Sangtam had not spoken out on the Naga political issue, the latter has pointed out that the record on the proceedings confirm that he(Asungba) had raised several points on the Naga issue. In his rejoinder, Asungba said he had categorically stated that the Naga issue was not a law and order but a political problem that needed to be solved politically. Further, Asungba claimed he had spoken out in favour of the dialogue at the level of the Prime Minister as was done by late Indira Gandhi as the prime minister when six rounds of talks were held between the government of India with the Federal Government of Nagaland during 1965-66. Asungba also said he had led a delegation to the then NDA prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee when the Congress was in the opposition. Asungba said he led a delegation comprised of current prime minister Dr.Manmohan Singh, current union ministers-Oscar Fernandes, Ambika Soni- and several other MPs, at the instance of AICC president Mrs.Sonia Gandhi during 2002. Asungba said he had raised several questions in Parliament, both starred and un-starred questions, pertaining to many issues in the 16 Point Agreement, and pointed to some of the clauses that have remained unfulfilled by the government of India. Terming chief minister Neiphiu Rio’s remarks as being “irrational and out of context”, Asungba further said since the current political negotiations were between the government of India and various underground groups and therefore, he has no say in the matter but hastened to add, that if elected, he would act as facilitator in order to put the talks on fast track so as to ensure that the dialogue was taken up without further loss of time. He also said that any elected member who has taken oath of allegiance to the constitution of India can pursue matters of bringing development, passing of laws for the country and the region.

 
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