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Centre keen on political solution

Union minister of state and AICC general secretary in-charge of Nagaland, Narayanasami (2nd from R) addressing media persons along with CLP leader Chingwang Konyak (R) NPCC President K.V. Pusa (2nd from L) and senior Congress leader I Imkong in Kohima, Monday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 10 (NPN):
Published on 11 Aug. 2009 12:38 AM IST
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Union Minister of State for planning & parliamentary affairs and AICC general secretary in-charge of Nagaland, Narayanasami maintained that the government of India has an open mind over settlement of the Naga political issue but at the same time, cautioned that the Centre would take its own course of action if any party violated the signed agreement. Talking to media persons at the residence of NPCC president K.V.Pusa after the party meeting, Narayanasami said the government of India was committed to resolving the pending issue by sitting across the table through a peaceful dialogue. Reiterating the commitment of the UPA government for a negotiated settlement to the Naga political issue, he reminded that the union home minister had clearly stated in the parliament that both parties have to adhere to the signed agreement and that there would not be any solution outside the Indian constitution. He however refused to comment further saying that union home minister knows the problem. He pointed out that a committee had been constituted earlier by the UPA government and the talks were set in motion. The visiting AICC leader further declined to comment on the claim made by the NSCN (I-M) claimed that the first ceasefire agreement was signed without any pre-condition except that talks would be held at the highest level and that too in a third country. Narayanasami said he was talking about the terms and rules in the signed agreement. The Congress leader appeared to adopt the stand of the state Congress in attributing the party’s defeat in the last parliamentary election to “booth capturing,” “rigging” and “use of government machineries” by the ruling DAN coalition. Further, clarifying on the relation of the NPF with the UPA at the centre, he said that the former voluntarily extended support without any condition but added that a government and a political party were totally different. Taking further dig at the DAN government, the visiting union minister of state claimed that the Centre had received several complaints on rampant corruption and misuse of centrally sponsored funds and schemes provided for various developments in the state. He cited the example of NREGA scheme which he alleged,has been totally misused and also the SSA scheme under which several bogus teachers were appointed thereby misusing the funds for ruling party members. (Contd. on Page 2) He said the Central government was sincere in helping the state in road, education and health sector for which it was setting up independent bodies/agencies to closely monitor the implementation of various centrally sponsored schemes in the state. Disclosing that his purpose of visiting the state was purely to streamline the party from the grassroot level, Narayanasami said there would be plenty of political activities at all the district levels after his visit. He however brushed aside speculations and talks on the change of leadership in the state party hierarchy by saying that it was the prerogative of the AICC president who would be able to answer the question. The AICC general secretary arrived at the state capital from Itanagar on a special chopper Monday morning on a one-day visit to the state. AICC secretary in-charge of Nagaland, Sanjay Bapna later joined him and addressed the state party leaders and functionaries at all level at the Congress Bhavan in the afternoon. Later, he held another closed door meeting with the Congress Legislature Party at the Raj Bhavan where he would be holding for the night as state guest. He was scheduled to depart for Dimapur early in the morning tomorrow and catch his flight to Guwahati.

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