Rio, Zeliang meet Amit Shah

Rio, Zeliang meet Amit Shah
Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu (NP)
Spl. Correspondent/Agencies NEW DELHI, OCT 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/21/2020 11:44:01 AM IST

Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio and leader of opposition, T.R. Zeliang called on Union Home minister Amit Shah here on Tuesday.

Both the leaders from Nagaland held separate meetings with the Union Home minister, where they discussed about the vexed Naga political issue.

Neiphiu Rio who returned to Nagaland on Wednesday, was in Delhi, accompanied by Assam Health and Finance minister and also the convenor of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), Himanta Biswa Sarma.

The Union Home minister is learnt to have asked Zeliang to rejoin the Joint Legislators’ Forum.

Rio also met NSCN (I-M) general secretary Th. Muivah, who has been camping in Delhi since July. 

Both Rio and Sarma had also met BJP national president, JP Nadda at his residence. “I accompanied him (Rio) for the meeting where we discussed a host of political issues of Nagaland & the North East region,” Sarma had tweeted after the meeting.

Their visit assumes significance as Centre was firm on resolving the Naga issue at the earliest.

According to reports, Sarma, along with Rio, had been entrusted by the Centre to assist in clearing the deadlock in the peace process after NSCN (I-M) hardened its stand on the contentious demands of a separate Naga flag and constitution, and the removal of the Interlocutor for Naga talks, RN Ravi, who is also the Governor of Nagaland.

Sarma had earlier asserted that “There should be smooth sailing of the Naga issue. The government of India has taken into confidence all the concerned North Eastern states on the issue,” said Sarma.

In this regard, Sarma had appealed all Naga stakeholders to attend the October 15 crucial consultative meeting convened by the state government.

Addressing the media after the meeting in Kohima, Rio had said that the Centre had asked him to come to Delhi soon after the successful completion of the consultative meeting.

‘Naga issue should be resolved politically’
KOHIMA, OCT 21 (NPN): NPF has reiterated that the Naga issue being political, it should be resolved politically. Speaking at a function organised to celebrate the party’s 58th Foundation Day at its central office here on Wednesday, NPF president Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu also emphasised that the Naga political issue should be resolved at the earliest. 
He recalled that NPF which, according to him, is popularly known as “cock party” in rural areas, was formed on October 21, 1963 by elders and within 39 days the party was registered with Election Commission of India, and the cock symbol was allotted on December 2, 1963.
Asserting that NPF was formed not by choice but out of necessity for the interest of Naga people and their future, Liezietsu narrated the political aspirations and struggles of the Nagas from the days of submitting memorandum to Simon Commission in 1929. He claimed that one of the main reasons why NPF was formed was to bring back democratic system back on the track. Liezietsu alleged other political parties spent money for their candidate in order to win elections, while NPF’s foundation was strong and would remain for all time to come till its goal was achieved
Chairing the programme, NPF secretary general Achumbemo Kikon reminded those present that the party was the oldest regional party in the Northeast and second oldest in the country.
He said the party had produced seven chief ministers, adding that though its nomenclature changed seven times since its formation, its symbol and slogan remained the same.
A special song was presented by WP WW, Khrienuo Kerhuo. Scripture reading and invocation was pronounced by party legislator Dr Cotisuh Sazo. Vote of thanks was delivered by NPF working president Thenucho Tunyi.

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