Editorial

Much ado

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/6/2020 12:31:05 PM IST

 All legislators, both from the treasury and opposition in Nagaland, have been pursuing for unity among all stakeholders, as self-appointed ‘facilitators’ to the Naga peace process. The formation of the Joint Legislators Forum(JLF) in 2009 was to present a united resolve towards the objective of peaceful solution. Though the JLF has no direct role whatsoever other than supplementing the efforts of negotiating parties; yet as the elected representatives they were expected to voice out their stand. Since its inception, the JLF has been involved with holding a series of meetings with the main stakeholders- government of India’s Interlocutor, NSCN(I-M) and Working Committee of NNPGs. In addition, JLF delegations as well as council of ministers have been flying to Delhi to meet with central leaders to impress upon the Centre to speed up the process. This was achieved, after prime minister Narendra Modi took over in 2014. Within the next few months, the government of India under Modi signed the Framework Agreement with the NSCN(I-M) on August 3,2015. Next, another document was signed with the seven-member NNPGs- Agreed Position- on November 17,2017. Both the documents comprise of the blueprint for preparation of the final draft to bring solution. However, on August 18,2020 the forum suffered a setback when the opposition NPF decided to withdraw all its members. The NPF explained that it withdrew because the JLF was reduced to a mere forum without any tangible road-map for resolving the Naga political issue. Further, the NPF stated that even as October 31, 2019 was made the deadline for a conclusion on the Naga political issue, the state government paid the least attention in convening a JLF meeting before that despite appeals. Based on its arguments, the NPF then went on to formally constitute its own Political Affairs Mission(PAM) on August 28,2020 with the same objective. The split in JLF only exposed how those who appeal to all sections to come together for solution, do not practise what they preached. On October 15, the state government convened a consultative meeting on the Naga issue where 39 organisations and 206 representatives attended. The meeting resolved to urge upon the government of India to hasten one solution, one issue for one people. Rio revealed that the meeting was as per the advice of the union home minister Amit Shah. However, NPF did not attend. Both Rio and Zeliang were reportedly advised to hold a joint press conference and reaffirm the October 15 resolution. On November 5, Rio and Zeliang held a joint press conference where PDA reaffirmed the resolution but NPF said nothing about. The proposal of the NPF for a new forum(with a new name) and replacing Speaker as the head with the chief minister ; was like an attempt to sidestep the issue over the October 15 resolution. The other proposal to convene a sitting of the house to deliberate on the Naga issue and perhaps pass another resolution sounded good but not based on good sound reason. The house had passed many resolutions in the past and so it raises the question on whether there was a crucial need and and helpful to have another resolution passed to bypass the October 15 resolution when legislators and their parties did just that ? Much time has been spent on meetings and resolutions. Now is the time to rid of pettiness and work towards the common goal for peaceful solution.

 

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