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Nikhil for peace talks
Published on 28 Oct. 2009 12:08 AM IST
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Nikhil Kumar, the newly appointed governor of Nagaland, has said that insurgents should come to the negotiation table and this alone would clear the decks for ushering in an era of peace in the trouble- torn state. “I have been given a specific job and it will be my bounden duty to help peace return to the state. But for all this to happen, the ultras will have to engage themselves in peace talks. The government is prepared to hold peace talks but within the framework of the Indian Constitution,” Mr Kumar said here on Tuesday. Emphasising that Nagaland is an integral part of India and the government has conveyed this in no uncertain terms, Mr Kumar said the peace talks will also help accelerate the pace of development in the state, reported The Economic Times. Mr Kumar, a former IPS official and son of former chief minister of Bihar Late Satyendra Narain Sinha, was till recently into active politics until he was drafted by the Centre for the gubernatorial posting. Interestingly, Mr Kumar’s trip to Patna became a talking point in political circles when he attended a tea party hosted in his honour by Congress Legislature Party leader in the Vidhan Parishad Mahachander Prasad Singh. All Congress dissidents, who are gunning for the removal of state Congress chief Anil Sharma, turned up in full strength at the party of Mr Singh, who has himself raised the banner of revolt against state Congress leaders. All this led to speculation as to whether Mr Kumar’s presence at the party was meant to convey his support for the dissidents. Mahachander Singh, however, sought to deny that the tea party had to do anything with the dissident activities.

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