Monday, August 15, 2022

CCoNPI has become irrelevant: Nagaland State Janata Dal (United)

Staff Reporter

Janata Dal (United) Nagaland unit has accused the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) government of being toothless, unable to muster courage to represent voice of the people of the State who were longing for peace.
Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, JDU State general secretary Kitoho S Rotokha said the ruling coalition must honestly admit that its mission had become futile and morally accept its failure and pull out of the mission. He also demanded that the “UDA government must be dissolved and be back to the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) in honest admittance of its irrelevance.”

Rotokha further alleged that Core Committee on Naga Political Issue (CCoNPI) had become irrelevant as had been already pointed out by various leaders of UDA themselves. While appreciating the mission of CCoNPI, he asserted that it was bound to fail as its objective was vague, adding that its job was reduced to that of “mere messenger” with no principled stand.
“An elected government must have the authority to decide what is honourable for citizens and, irrespective of whether the negotiating groups accept it or not, it could have come out with what is best for the people,” he stated categorically, adding that the committee could have asserted its authority on negotiating parties on behalf of the people whom it represented.
He remarked that CCoNPI was supposed to be the highest political body of overground Nagas and was expected to perform better than just being a “dak runner”. Rotokha further commented that CCoNPI should have taken a strong stand and endeavoured to thrash out differences between Naga negotiating groups. He however lamented that the committee had been just a mute listener to lectures of both Government of India and various Naga political groups.
He also blamed the UDA for delaying the Naga solution.
He appealed to all overground Naga organisations to exhibit tolerance towards each other and refrain from reacting to actions of fellow Naga organisations or individuals.
He commented that all Naga civil society organisations (CSOs) were expected to strive towards peace and unity, adding that their frequent statements against fellow Nagas or organisations were in no way giving a healing touch to the society.
Meanwhile, speaking on the issue of separate Naga flag and constitution, JDU State president Senchumo NSN Lotha said both sides should tone down their demands.
Noting that Government of India had recognised the history of Nagas as unique, he commented that the issue of separate flag and constitution should be addressed by both the parties.
He claimed that Government of India had the authority to find a way out in the Naga political issue.
Asked if JD (U) would contest the next Assembly election, Lotha replied that if the State went to polls, the party was prepared for it, adding that it would also contest the municipal and town council elections.
He clarified that JD (U) had no ulterior motive to malign any political party or social organisations, stressing that the party’s desire was that peace should prevail in Naga society.
He said the Centre must stand by its commitments made to the negotiating Naga political groups to ensure that the solution did not get delayed at any cost.


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