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CNP not appropriate; reiterates Congress
Published on 2 Oct. 2009 1:20 AM IST
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Even as state chief minister Neiphiu Rio clarified that the Naga Common Platform was neither set up by state government nor the NPF party, the state Congress chief K V Pusa reiterated that formation of Common Naga Platform (CNP) at this juncture was inappropriate as it did not augur well for the ongoing peace and reconciliation process. Stating this in a press statement, Pusa also said since Nagas have dozens of organisations that sometime complicate the fragile Naga situation, formation of more groups or organisations should be restrained to facilitate the ongoing peace and reconciliation process among Naga groups. However, he lauded the efforts of Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) for restoration of peace and reconciliation between the “Naga insurgent groups.” He insisted that all groups have confidence on the efforts of the FNR. He also advocated that all “overground and underground groups” should come together and hammer out solution to “Naga political problem” with one voice. Supporting the point, PCC vice president Nillo Rengma also said that formation of the CNP would not be appropriate at this juncture. He also asserted that any solution to the Naga issue should be honourable and acceptable to all sections of Naga people. “Any piecemeal offer would not resolve the long standing Naga problem,” he said. Nillo also underlined the need to for an inclusive dialogue where all groups of Naga people are taken into confidence so that problem is solved for once and for all. The NPCC vice president also rebutted the NPF claim that it has done much to facilitate the ongoing Naga peace process. He said instead, the NPF has so far not done anything with regard to the Naga issue. Meanwhile, after hearing complaints and grievances of people across the state, the Congress leaders assured they would bring the complaints of alleged misuse of centrally sponsored schemes, like National Rural Employment Schemes (NREGS) to the notice of the central government. The NPCC chief said that he would submit reports of his state-wide tour to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and other central leaders. Meanwhile, former MLA and NPCC member Salunthang Lotha, who is also the chairman of NREGS cell of NPCC alleged withdrawal of Rs. 1 crore by an MLA in one of the constituencies under Wokha district. According to Congress statement, independent MLA Shetoyi has refuted allegation that there were reports of deduction of funds under NREGS in Atoizu and Suruhoto AC. Denying pocketing of NREGS funds, the independent MLA was understood to have asked the Congress members to visit the constituency and see for themselves how the scheme was being implemented. He also denied that there was a PIL filed in respect of Suruhoto constiteuncy for misuse of NREGS funds. NPCC member Dr. K. Hoshi denied reports that he has filing a PIL and neither had he issued any statement or clarification on the matter. He also said that PIL cannot be filed by a political party except by individuals.

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