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TR Zeliang flays postponement of JLF meeting

DIMAPUR, OCT 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/22/2019 11:25:13 AM IST

Leader of Opposition, TR Zelaing, has described as “most regrettable” the “negligence” behind scheduling the meeting of the Joint Legislators Forum (JLF) on Naga Political Issue. In a letter addressed to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) Speaker, the Leader of Opposition said that JLF members were informed of a proposed meeting on October 4, 2019 at Rhododendron Hall, Chumukedima, but was postponed and no further notice has been served till date. 

Former chief minister questioned if the proposed meeting was postponed at the request of the Governor of Nagaland, why has the speaker/deputy speaker not fixed another date till today? Reminding of the “pressing need” for the Naga political groups and the government of India to come to terms and sign the final agreement, Zeliang said that the elected Members, as facilitators of the peace process, should be at their best and facilitate in resolving the Naga issue without further delay.

LoP has, however, termed as “very unfortunate” the ruling bench allegedly sidelining the opposition members on the issue regardless of the unconditional support that opposition MLAs have rendered towards the cause. 

Zeliang stated that JLF members had unanimously constituted a 32-member parliamentary working committee (PWC) comprising both benches with the sole purpose of apprising Central leaders for an early solution.

However, he claimed that the chief minister, according little or no regard to the PWC, had sent the “wrong signal” to some Central leaders. “If the Chief Minister had no hidden agenda while apprising the Central Leaders on the Indo-Naga Political issue along with only few of his Cabinet Ministers, why did he not include the opposition Members in the Team, as in the past?” LoP questioned.

Zeliang stated that such action of the chief minister was “not in the right spirit” of the JLF since the decisions taken in JLF meetings were to be presented in letter and spirit to the Central Leaders represented by both the ruling and opposition bench.

Zeliang stated that given the stand of the Government of India and the NSCN(I-M) on the issue of Flag and Constitution, JLF needed to urgently facilitate in whatever way it could. 

LoP has, therefore, urged the speaker to call a meeting of JLF at the earliest time so necessary action could be initiated before it was “too late.”

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