Pandemic should not be the excuse to delay solution: Cong

DIMAPUR, JUN 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/11/2020 12:25:26 PM IST

Even as the entire State is currently focussed on battling COVID-19 pandemic, Congress has reiterated its stand seeking early resolution of the protracted Indo-Naga political issue.

In a statement, Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president K Therie asserted that the pandemic should not be an excuse to delay a political solution any longer. Rather, because of the pandemic, solution had become more urgent, he stressed.

Therie pointed out that the BJP government at the Centre had announced on August 3, 2015 that Naga political issue was resolved, before announcing on October 30, 2019 that negotiations had been concluded with all factions on board, after which it announced that stakeholders would be consulted. Thereafter, almost all civil society groups were consulted and over 99% had given their opinion with no reservation or fear of what was acceptable and what is not. The talks were thus over, he added.

Urging Government of India (GoI) to change its attitude that there was nothing to lose in delaying a solution, the NPCC president said 24 years of “lethargic negotiations, communalism and racism and stagnant economy” were pushing reluctant Nagas towards “plan B”. 

Asserting that people of Nagaland could not be allowed to be taken for ride anymore, he asserted that it was time to rise above religious denominations, political differences and factionalism to find a realistic alternative. 

He pointed out that over 20,000 educate youth who had left the State for better livelihood outside were back now after having lost their jobs due to the nationwide lockdown, and they had no hope of getting jobs in the State either as backdoor appointments over the years had left no room for merit.

“The option available for these decent and qualified youth is to quickly join the political movement and become a real force of challenge. Because of division, there is a little confusion which group to join. Moreover, external forces may gain a foothold if increased numbers are available,” he warned.

Therie said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced Rs 20-lakh crore to boost the nation’s economy, but regretted that the State government lacked any plan to boost the local economy by creating jobs. 

He observed that industrial policies had failed to take off because of multiple taxations and risk to lives, over which the government had no control. 

“If one cannot work peacefully with tax concessions and land use permissions as given in other States, we cannot think of creating jobs. The bottleneck towards development is non-resolution of the political issue,” the statement emphasised.

Alleging that the State government’s talk for early solution was a lip service, the NPCC chief said its intention was to recover election expenditures and collect funds to buy votes for the next election even during this pandemic.

He further alleged that though the cabinet ministers and advisers represented the people and their voice, they were actually dictated by Naga national workers. 

Given the situation, Therie stressed that solution was the only way to make a new start. 

As one of the major commitments of the current Nagaland Legislative Assembly legislators was to pave the way for solution, he suggested that GoI request the State government to resign on its own to pave the way. If not, the governor was at liberty to dissolve the House and implement the solution under a neutral government, he added.



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