Tuesday, September 27, 2022

CCoNPI last solution bid before polls

Staff Reporter

On Monday, a delegation of the Core Committee on Naga Political Issue (CCoNPI) led by convenor and United Democratic Alliance (UDA) coalition chief minister Neiphiu Rio is expected to meet with union home minister Amit Shah to formally hand over the July 16, 2022 resolution of the CCoNPI and make a final attempt to impress upon the Centre to ink a final agreement for securing much delayed solution to the Naga political issue.
The CCoNPI members in Delhi include– chief minister and convenor Neiphiu Rio; co-convenors- deputy chief minister Y. Patton, UDA chairman T.R. Zeliang and UDA co-chairman & NPF legislature party leader Kuzholuzo (Azo) Neinu and other members.
According to a member of the CCoNPI, Monday’s meeting with Shah could be the delegation’s final attempt to seek the Centre’s response for securing early solution. The ‘final push’ could be the last attempt before scheduled polls in 2023
The CCoNPI had on Thursday met with Centre’s Representative for Naga political talks A.K. Mishra at Nagaland House Delhi and submitted a copy of the July 16 resolution.
It may be recalled that till then, the CCoNPI was yet to submit a copy of the July 16 resolution. The member told Nagaland Post over phone that the committee stood committed to resolution No.4 “…to pave way in the event of political solution being arrived at” as also contained in the respective manifestos of the UDA constituents.
The July 16, 2022 CCoNPI resolution was a marked departure from past resolutions when it admitted (resolution No.3) that talks have concluded officially on October 31, 2019 and therefore, urged upon the Prime Minister and Union Home minister to invite NSCN (I-M) for early conclusion.
It may be recalled that Centre’s then Interlocutor for Naga political talks R.N. Ravi had on October 23, 2019 declared that all official talks will conclude on October 31,2019. Ravi had also mentioned this in his address to the 13th NLA on February 12,2021.
The present ‘opposition-less’ UDA (NDPP, BJP, NPF and Independents) and its CCoNPI have been skirting the point regarding conclusion of all official negotiations by repeating the plea on the Centre to conclude all talks for early solution.
In the face of brickbats from various quarters, some of who had accused the UDA of acting as stumbling block instead of acting as facilitator to solution, CCoNPI eventually placed it on record in its July 16,2022 resolution (No.3).
Sources also told Nagaland Post that solution issue is being tossed around between the Centre and the state government. For instance, the Centre wants the state to clear the deck for a final agreement and in this regard had urged upon the state to convince the NSCN (I-M) to come around and agree for solution.
The Centre’s stand is that demand for flag and constitution could be agreed post-solution within some parameters such as use of flag for Naga cultural events and that the final agreement could be named as ‘Yehzabo’.
A member of CCoNPI said the delegation will make a final push for solution at the meeting with Shah on Monday.
However, the final push on Monday could amount to little or nothing since the state legislators have apparently not been able to convince the NSCN (I-M) on the issue of flag and constitution. On its part, the NSCN (I-M) has maintained that flag and constitution are inalienable to Naga history.
With election fever rising in Nagaland which is scheduled to go to the polls by 2023, the UDA is also under pressure from various organisations for all MLAs to resign en masse to push for solution. However, some legislators say they will not resign if solution comes after election.
In Nagaland, several organisations such as CNTC, CNSA, Congress, RPP have demanded that all 60 legislators resign for solution as promised. It may be recalled that on August 5, a huge rally in Dimapur under Naga People’s Action Committee (NPAC), had adopted a resolution along the same lines and in apparent frustration at the inordinate delay asked the government of India and NPGs that if they cannot deliver solution then wind up the process and let the Naga people decide on their future.
The other factor is on the decision by ENPO to boycott polls and to not allow any form of election activity in the 20 assembly constituencies under its area in support of its demand for a Frontier Nagaland State.
Certainly, the political landscape of Nagaland is under thick clouds of uncertainty which has confirmed past apprehensions that delays would only add more complications.