NDPP clarifies to Naga Hoho, NMA statement

DIMAPUR, AUG 13 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/13/2019 12:03:19 PM IST

In view of the joint statement issued by Naga Hoho (NH) and Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) against statements attributed to chief minister Neiphiu Rio that appeared in local dailies, NDPP clarified that Rio had only expressed an urgent need to bring about unity, especially among apex bodies like NH and the NMA, during the Joint Legislators Forum (JLF) meeting held on August 7. 

In a statement, the ruling party pointed out that the JLF meeting convened by Nagaland Legislative Assembly speaker Vikho Yhoshu was a closed-door meeting for all 60 MLAs. Along with the chief minister, the legislators deliberated on various issues pertaining to the State and its people that were not to be taken to the public domain and were for consumption of those present in the meeting only. The result of the deliberations resulted in adoption of resolutions that were made public through the local media, it added. 

NDPP said it was unfortunate that details of the discussions had been revealed to the public, thus disregarding the trust and confidence reposed by the members present at the meeting on one another. The party said it was also worrying that if such precedence was set, then members in the future might hesitate to speak freely with a doubt that these would be leaked. Therefore, it was necessary that the trust and confidence reposed on the members attending a closed-door meeting should not be abused, it emphasised.

According to NDPP, Rio had highlighted many issues pertinent to the present situation in Nagaland vis-à-vis the Naga political Issue, the ongoing negotiations for a final settlement and the role that the government and the people needed to play in order to facilitate an early solution. It was at this point that he had stressed that there was an urgent need to bring about unity among apex bodies representing the people like NH and NMA, the party claimed. 

As some tribal hohos and organisations had already disassociated from NH and NMA due to various reasons, the party explained that the chief minister and PDA government had appealed that past differences be put aside by all tribes and that civil society organisations (CSOs) come together in the spirit of unity and oneness. Mentioning that both the organisations seemed to have missed the context in which Rio had made mention of them and rightly so as none of their representatives were present at the meeting, NDPP regretted that the two organisations had condemned the chief minister purely based on hearsay. 

Stating that they were perhaps misled by some individuals, the ruling party commented that it would perhaps had been more prudent if members of the two organisations met the chief minister and discussed their concerns, instead of issuing a statement based on hearsay  and without ascertaining in what context those statements were made by him. NDPP claimed that it had always been the chief minister’s intention to bring about oneness and unity among Nagas, adding it had also been his clarion call that all Naga organisations should come under one banner. 

“It is his belief that we can overcome all challenges and hurdles towards our quest for genuine peace through an honourable political solution and that we strengthen the peace process through our unity. It is also the call of the chief minister and the PDA government that in the greater interest of the Nagas and the future generations, an olive branch should be extended by these two apex bodies to other tribal organisations in order to bring them back into their fold and rebuild themselves to the stature they were once held in the society,” the statement stressed.

NDPP said it believed that leaders of the two organisations, “all of whom are meant to carry the mandate of their respective tribal hohos”, would take its statement and its reiteration of appeal for unity in a positive manner.

The party said it would bode well for Naga society that in future apex organisations representing the people take up a more responsible and mature approach and meet across the table, instead of issuing statements based on hearsay and assumptions. It also appealed to all apex tribal organisations and their leaders, including NH and the NMA, to take its call for unity in the right spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood in the greater interest of the society. 

The statement claimed that the NDPP-led PDA always stood for unity, adding it was ready to extend all cooperation towards unity of people under the slogan “Development for all! Together with all!”. 



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