NPF slams PDA of making JLF inefficacious

DIMAPUR, OCT 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/17/2019 12:08:49 PM IST

Naga People’s Front (NPF) Legislature Party in a communiqué, has blamed the ruling PDA government for rendering the Joint Legislators’ Forum (JLF) on Naga political issue of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA), inefficacious.

JLF comprised of all the members of the NLA cutting across political party lines and constituted in the 13th house which held meetings to discuss on the Naga political issue, said NPF. 

NPF said JLF which set up to facilitate for an early amicable solution to the long pending Naga political issue is in “glaringly perilous” position due to the lacklustre attitude of the PDA where the members have not been guided to meet with any central leaders to discuss the Naga issue. 

Further NPF said the chief minister has instead led only his cabinet to discuss the Naga issue with the central leaders, even with or without the presence of the NLA speaker. 

Questioning why the chief minister was “not welcoming” the NPF opposition MLAs when all of them wholeheartedly supported the cause without any conditions attached? NPF also asked whether the chief minister has any hidden agenda to present to the central leaders in the absence of the opposition MLAs? Or was the CM scared of the stand that the NPF MLAs might take in such meetings?”

NPF also wanted to know why was the chief minister “not genuine enough’ to take on board all the elected members when the Naga political talks was at the final stage and everyone was awaiting with bated breaths for a final solution to be inked sooner than later?.

NPF pointed out that the role of the elected representatives as facilitators was more crucial at this juncture given the advanced state of the talks between the two parties. 

It also lamented that since constitution of JLF it was “just being confined to the papers for the optics of the present government.” NPF also asserted that it was a time to be vocal and help facilitate an early solution as that was the sole aim of the JLF members as facilitators. It also reminded that NPF Legislature Party and Leader of Opposition, TR Zeliang, has been very vocal about the NPF and his views but that there was little was heard of where the NDPP party stood.

NPF said Zeliang and the party had time and again reiterated that an honourable and amicable solution was “our top priority” and also that final solution must be inclusive of all the Naga political groups lest it “becomes a repeat of history”, which the Nagas cannot afford at this time.

NPF Legislature Party also said that Zeliang had “rightly” pointed out on several occasions, that the contentious issue of Naga Flag and a Constitution were issues needed to be settled between the negotiating parties and not the prerogative of the elected members to make comments as facilitators. 

In this regard, NPF legislature party termed as “unfortunate” how the NDPP leadership has been twisting the statements made by T.R. Zeliang on Naga Political issue and misinterpreted to malign and start a smear campaign in the sight of the central leaders.” 

NPF alleged that the leadership of NDPP has been conspicuously instigating the masses that a final solution should be signed at any cause, regardless of whether the Nagas were granted a separate Naga Flag or Constitution. 

NPF condemned such statements as “irresponsible utterances” while reaffirming that its steadfast support to the stand of its leader TR Zeliang that “any sort of differences” should be handled by the negotiating parties and not by some other third party who were not part and parcel of the negotiations. 

NPF also maintained that NDPP should be more responsible when it comes to an issue that was very dear to the Naga people and refrain from further instigations, which could adversely affect the future of the Nagas should the talks derail.

It also said that the best that elected members could do was to help speed the process and facilitate and not lay down terms and conditions and instigate public for their selfish hidden agendas. 

NPF reiterated that the present central leadership was serious about solving the issue and the Naga people should also rally behind and iron out any sort of differences that might exist and not miss the train this time. 

NPF said the central leadership under the Prime Ministers Narendra Modi “graciously” signed the Framework Agreement in 2015 and has committed to solve the Naga issue within three months time. NPF said it could only hope for an amicable settlement that was accepted by all and not a settlement, which would further divide the Nagas and bring forth years of distress and sufferings.

Meanwhile, NPF legislature party has urged the NLA Speaker to convene JLF meeting at the earliest besides making necessary arrangements for the members to go and meet with central leaders under the banner of JLF to help facilitate for an early solution without any further stalemate.


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