Divisions among 14 tribes at this juncture not healthy: Imna Along

Divisions among 14 tribes at this juncture not healthy: Imna Along
Temjen Imna Along (File)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 2 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/2/2020 1:36:21 PM IST

State BJP president and minister Temjen Imna Along categorically stated that divisions among the 14 Naga tribes in Nagaland were not healthy at this critical juncture just before the impending final solution to the decades-old Naga political problem. 

He made this observation during a press conference held at the State BJP office Thursday to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative to provide free ration to 80 crore people. Referring to BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav’s statement on delimitation, Along appealed to citizens not to have any tribalistic view on the issue, pointing out that Madhav had expressed his opinion.

Mentioning that the long cherished dream of every citizen of Nagaland, including BJP, was to see culmination of the political negotiation, Along said if tribalistic colours always cropped up, then it calls for retrospection. 

He asserted that unity of the 14 tribes was paramount and recalled that the 2001 census was rejected, even as the Framework Agreement was signed in 2015 and the peace talks successfully concluded in 2019-- pending a final solution, adding solution was more important.

On the tussle within the party, the State BJP chief remarked that such differences within political parties were not new, clarifying that the district presidents did not challenge the authority of the State president but wanted to know how strong the president was.

On Governor’s letter to chief minister, Along said the cabinet had already shared its mind with the governor, showing how Nagaland was performing better.

Mentioning that the cabinet had discussed at length with the governor the issues raised by him, Along said it was important to take into account the situation prevailing in the State for so many years. He added that the governor should be made to understand how Nagaland had been and how he should strive bring a solution as an interlocutor.

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