Thursday, October 6, 2022

Core committee to hold meetings; push for solution


Parliamentary Core Committee on Naga Political Issue headed by chief minister Neiphiu Rio as convenor and co-convenors such as deputy chief minister Y. Patton (BJP), T.R. Zeliang (NDPP) and Kuzholuzo (Azo) Neinu (NPF) and other members– is to meet with representative of the NSCN (I-M) either on May 28 or 29 at Dimapur.
The committee could also likely meet with WC, NNPGs before meeting with Centre’s representative for Naga political talks, A.K. Mishra in Delhi. The meeting with NSCN (I-M) comes in the wake of strong speculations that the government of India may have already made up its mind about securing a broad-based agreement to solve the Naga political issue.
It may be recalled that veteran Naga leader and former governor Dr. S.C. Jamir, during a press conference at Mokokchung predicted that an earthquake will shake Nagaland, with epicentre at New Delhi. This had added more fuel to speculations since Jamir had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi twice and then union home minster once at New Delhi at the invitation of the two leaders.
The NSCN (I-M) has also convened a crucial emergency meeting of its national assembly (hoho) on May 31 along with high-ranking functionaries to deliberate on the recent developments.
The government of India has made it clear, earlier through its then Interlocutor R.N. Ravi and presently the Centre’s representative A.K. Mishra that the demand for flag and constitution was unacceptable.
Minister of H&TE and Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along, had disclosed on the floor of the house during the February session, that union home minister Amit Shah had told the chief minister, deputy CM, UDA chairman and him, that there was no question of flag and constitution in the agreement.
Along had stated this on two occasions and therefore asked the members to tell the people the truth about the stand of the government of India.
That the stand of the government of India stated before the official conclusion of all negotiations with all Naga Political Groups on or before October 31, 2019 was made clear then. However, by persistently remaining silent, the state government was only causing confusion and consternation among Nagas.
It may also be recalled that the same was stated by deputy CM Y. Patton on May 14 where he opined that political groups involved with negotiations ought to understand the reality and what is giveable and what is not.
He had also claimed that solution could be expected on or before August 15, 2022 since government of India had decided it was not going to wait forever.
Patton maintained that though legislators had resolved to pave way for an alternative arrangement for solution in the past, it should be before 2023 elections when only a few months are remaining for tenure of the present house to end. However, he said if solution came after 2023 election then the newly elected members will not be willing to resign.
NPF Legislature Party leader Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu, who was recently appointed as co-convenor after NPF leader T.R. Zeliang and other MLAs fled to NDPP, also echoed the same while speaking to section of the media on May 25. Azo in his inimitable style said that time has come to “take it or leave it”.
Talking to media persons after the Core Committee meeting held at the State Banquet hall, committee’s member secretary and minister Neiba Kronu said the members decided to meet the NSCN (I-M) leaders and if necessary, was likely to meet the Working Committee of the NNPGs and also the Central leaders in Delhi.
He said things were drawing closer for the final outcome as the “government of India understood Naga issues and at the same time we also understand their difficulties”.