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CMO response to CLP demand
Published on 30 Jan. 2011 12:52 AM IST
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In a swift response to CLP’s appeal to address ENPO’s statehood demand, the state chief minister’s office today said the government was “not sleeping” over the issue but was “alive”, while reaffirming that it stood for “unity and integrity” of the state and the Naga people.
Recalling that state cabinet had on January 18, discussed the matter in its meeting, the CM’s secretariat said the government in a statement dated January 18 had clearly asserted that it was “saddened by the demand” as it came at a time when Naga political struggle was at a crucial stage and when government was trying to develop backward areas.
“The state government had also stated that it stands for unity and integrity of the state and of the Naga people and had appealed to the members of the ENPO to reconsider the matter and withdraw its stand,” reiterated the statement.
It also reminded that government has decided to constitute an official committee, headed by chief secretary, to look into various points and grievances made out in the memorandum of the ENPO.
“The state government had further invited the office bearers of the ENPO for a meeting to discuss their grievances and demands,” the CM’s secretariat statement read.
In its earlier statement, the government said committee would table its findings and recommendations to the cabinet within February 2011.
The CM’s secretariat said legislators from four districts were also requested to have deliberations with the ENPO.
After all the steps taken, a meeting of all 60 elected members of NLA would be called followed by a meeting of joint legislative forum with the office bearers of the ENPO, it said.
Maintaining that the demand for separate state was of “utmost concern” for every citizen of Nagaland, the chief minister’s secretariat said the issue should not be “politicised.”
Further, the government appealed to all sections and political parties to come together and collectively work for the greater interest of the State and the Naga people.
The statement said chief minister has urged members of the opposition to collectively work together to resolve the issue.

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