Mixed reactions on RN Ravi’s transfer

Mixed reactions on RN Ravi’s transfer
KS Alagiri (File)
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEP 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/10/2021 2:01:48 PM IST

The shifting of Nagaland Governor and Government of India’s Interlocutor to the Naga political talks , R.N. Ravi to Tamil Nadu as Governor , has evinced mixed reactions from a cross section of society.

When asked for comment, NDPP working president and CEO of IDAN Alemtemshi Jamir said it was not right for one person to hold the post of both the Interlocutor and also as governor. Alemtemshi said this on the sidelines of the programme organized by IDAN here. 

He told media persons that an incumbent holding post of governor and interlocutor reduced the negotiation to the governor level. Now that the Interlocutor is no longer governor of Nagaland, Alemtemshi exuded confidence that the process of negotiation would restart. He was however quick to quip that this was his own personal view.

Meanwhile, according to The Hindu, NDPP president Chingwang Konyak said the Nagaland government was not happy with the way Ravi functioned. “He interfered in the affairs of a popular government. Some people are happy (because of his transfer) while some are not,” he said, without specifying.

Naga Hoho general secretary Elu Ndang said Government of India must have felt it necessary to transfer Ravi as he “did nothing good for Naga political issue.” He said Naga Hoho will stand by its earlier decision that Ravi should be either be a governor or interlocutor.

Naga Peoples’ Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) general secretary Neingulo Krome, welcomed the transfer of Ravi, who he accused of causing “so many difficulties in political scenarios.”

Krome, however, said that Ravi still holds the interlocutor position, which he asserted was the “most critical position”. He expressed hope that government of India would release Ravi from the interlocutor position and appoint “a sincere and committed man to bring in lasting peace in the state.”

NPCC president K Therie said by shifting out Ravi, the BJP government at the Centre appear to have acceded to the persistent demand of the NSCN (I-M). 

Therie said people had expected the Centre to fulfill its promise to secure early solution after Ravi on behalf of the government of India, signed the Framework Agreement on August 3,2015 and the Agreed Position on November 17,2017 and went on to declare that all official negotiations concluded on October 31,2019. 

The NPCC chief opined that perhaps Ravi may have “pushed little hard for early implementation of the political solution”. However, Therie said what is clear today is that those who opposed Ravi wanted the status-quo to continue without end and without solution.

He said while the elected government wanted to continue with corruption and loot and was afraid of losing power, the political group wanted to continue remote control of the elected government and continue with extortion.

According to Hindustan Times, state BJP chief and minister H&TE Temjen Imna Along said he was surprised by the “sudden development” adding “maybe Delhi’s wisdom is best for all of us.” 

Meanwhile, there were rumours doing the rounds that there was also likelihood of Centre replacing Ravi as Interlocutor by a senior IB official. However, sources said that as per norms, a serving official may not be made the interlocutor as such assignments are usually given to retired officials, who can give more time.

Ravi appointed to create problems for CM, says Tamil Nadu Congress 
Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) president KS Alagiri Friday raised questions over the appointment of RN Ravi as the new governor of Tamil Nadu.
“...I suspect Ravi has been appointed to create problems for chief minister MK Stalin,” KS Alagiri said. “Any such attempts would not be allowed in the state and Congress would rally democratic forces,” he warned.
Alagiri said former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, after being appointed as Lt Governor of neighbouring Puducherry, when the Congress was in power there, created “many roadblocks” following which a “number of welfare schemes could not be implemented” there.

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