Meeting on Sep 18 to finalize NUG

Correspondent KOHIMA, SEP 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/14/2021 2:09:11 PM IST

NPF legislature party leader, TR Zeliang Tuesday informed that a joint meeting of the PDA (NDPP, BJP), Independent and NPF legislators will be held on September 18, during which the members will finalise the all-party government (Nagaland United Government).

Talking to media persons on the sidelines of the NLA select committee meeting on border, Zeliang said that the meeting will be held at the State Banquet hall in Kohima.

He was optimistic that everything will be finalized on that day, after which the government will formally write to the NLA speaker, and a copy to the governor, to change the nomenclature from People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) to Nagaland United Government (NUG).

It may be mentioned that an all-party meeting comprising NDPP, BJP, NPF and two Independent legislators on August 11 agreed in principle to form an all-party government under the nomenclature “Nagaland United Government”.

Zeliang further clarified and reiterated that his party has not put forth any preconditions/demands to form an all-party government. “Our intention is very clear. We have come together for solution to the Naga political issue and will stand by it. Truth will prevail in the coming days,” he added. “We wish the Naga issue is resolved before Christmas,” Zeliang said. 

Newly appointed interlocutor can break the deadlock: Zeliang said that the newly appointed interlocutor for Naga political talks, AK Mishra would be able to break the deadlock.

Zeliang said that Mishra, who retired as special director of Intelligence Bureau,  has the confidence of the Prime Minister. “There should not be any doubt that he can break the ice. The issue has been prolonged for many years,” he said.

He said Mishra, who  had been holding talks with the NSCN (I-M) since 2019, understood the contention of NSCN (I-M) and that there should not be a problem for NSCN (I-M) to continue talks with the Centre.

To another query, Zeliang said that when NSCN (I-M) refused continue negotiations with RN Ravi, the Centre had worked out a formula and assigned Mishra to hold discussions with the NSCN (I-M). And now with Mishra being appointed as full-fledged Interlocutor, Zeliang was hopeful that he  (Mishra) will be able to take the talks forward.


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