Tuesday, October 4, 2022

CNSA hangs banners outside residences of CM, DyCM, others

Staff Reporter

Continuing to press for “Solution over election”, Central Nagaland Students’ Association (CNSA) activists hung banners at the residences of chief minister Neiphiu Rio, deputy chief minister Y Patton, United Democratic Alliance (UDA) chairman TR Zeliang and UDA co-chairman Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu on Thursday morning.
Some of the banners read “CM Sir, we need action not words on Indo-Naga political solution. Don’t destroy our generation”, “Dy CM Y Patton Sir, we trust your blunt truths. Act on them. History beckons”, “MLA Azo Sir, walk the talk on Indo-Naga political matter. Our future is at stake. We will identify treacherous chair aspirants”, “Mr TR Zeliang, we have had enough of your going-where-the wind blows political games, Stop it,” etc.
Addressing a gathering outside the chief minister’s residence, CNSA president R Sunep Pongen clarified that the motive of hanging banners was not to show resentment against any political party or legislator, but show support to a delegation that was now in New Delhi.
It may be mentioned that a Core Committee on Naga Political Issue (CCoNPI) delegation led by Rio was in New Delhi to impress upon the Centre for an early settlement of the Naga political issue.
He said the initiative should be seen by the delegation as a sign to inform the Central government that Nagas wanted a solution and not election, while expressing the hope that the leaders would convey to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the people of Nagaland, especially the youth, were anticipating an early solution and not election.
Taking a dig at the election manifesto of NDPP-BJP alliance for the 2018 election (“Election for solution”), Pongen pointed out that the people were being misled at every election.
He mentioned that the same thing had happened this time as well, and questioned why they were talking about election and not solution this time as well.
Asserting that Naga youths were in the dark, he cautioned that without solution, Nagaland would never grow. He hoped that the delegation would come with positive results.
Later, speaking with Nagaland Post, Pongen remarked that as Nagas had been talking so much about solution, it was high time now for the youth to raise their voice demanding solution to the Naga issue.
He reiterated that CNSA, which was part and parcel of Nagaland People’s Action Committee (NPAC), supported the August 5 memorandum of the committee submitted to the Prime Minister urging Government of India to implement the concluded political negotiations into solution without any further delay.
When asked on the next step of CNSA, he replied they would first wait for the outcome of CCoNPI meetings with Central leaders.
“If they are positive towards our demand, then we can be positive to them. And if they are not, then we will raise our voice in days to come with some new initiatives,” he added.
He also clarified that CNSA did not have any agenda, adding that what Nagas needed now was an early solution as promised by the leaders.