JD(U) state unit denounces Oct 15 consultative meet

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 11/13/2020 1:05:54 PM IST

In a belated recapitulation, the Janata Dal United Nagaland recalled the October 15, 2020 consultative meeting of all political parties, civil societies, NGOs, student organisations and social workers which the JDU boycotted. 

In a press release, JD(U) through its publicity wing stated that the lack of seriousness on the part of the Chief Minister in facilitating for an early settlement of the Indo-Naga Political issue is evident by the sheer disregard for other political parties and haphazardly organising such a meeting and pronouncing it as though it is the ultimate voice of all stakeholders.  

JD(U) said for a consultative meeting of such magnitude, a prelude meeting with the party leaders of various political parties should have been called wherein a roadmap can be discussed and consensus reached. It stated that the state government hastily, at the eleventh hour called a meeting and in the process making such important consultative meeting a waste of time and energy of all who attended, as nothing neither concrete nor significant decision could be reached. 

The Nagaland Unit of the JDU party has questioned whether the resolution adopted on October 15 was a government resolution or a public resolution. “Should it be a public resolution, there were no signatories from any of the public organisations”, it added. “Why didn’t the apex tribal bodies and the prominent NGOs, not appended their signatures in the resolution? Or if it was a political parties’ resolution, why wasn’t the leaders of the various political parties who attended the meeting not sign on the resolution? “, JD(U) asked.

The Janat Dal said what is more perplexing was that there are two sets of resolutions adopted: one signed by the chairperson of the meeting, Neiba Kronu and co-chair Mmhonlumo Kikon and another which was signed by the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister with addition of words. “This is an unprecedented practice and a first of its kind where we see two resolutions signed by different people for one meeting held”, it added. The release said that when such confusion is within the leaders in the government, what good outcome can layman expect from them to bring about? 

The release also stated that these matters have further confounded the people of Nagaland and to think that the state government is now asking other political parties to endorse the resolution is not only belittling other parties but outrageous and it will not go down well in the annals of Naga history. Before they seek the support and endorsement of others, they should first come out of their confused and enchanted state of mind and be at rest themselves first, JD(U) asserted.

JD(U) has suggested that the Naga political issue is for the two entities to sort out their contentions and continue the talk smoothly and bring about honourable and acceptable solution. Also if the central leaders want solidarity of the 60 members of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly, the Governor should summon the house, so that elaborate discussion could take place and if required, Asse mbly resolution can be adopted unanimously which will carry the voice of the people. “The practice of waging paper war and attempting to justify each other’s position between those in government and the opposing parties will not bring about any sustainable change but rather aggravate the fragile and sensitive issue at this critical and crucial juncture”, said the release. 


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