Thursday, August 18, 2022

PM, HM urged to invite NSCN (I-M)



Parliamentary Core Committee on Naga Political Issue(PCCoNPI) resolved to urge upon the prime minister Narendra Modi and union home minister Amit Shah, to invite NSCN(I-M) to clear the decks so as to secure early solution to the Naga political issue.
The resolution read: “Since the talks has been concluded officially on 31st October 2019, the prime minister and the union home minister, is urged upon to invite the NSCN(I-M)leaders for an early conclusion.”
The resolution was one among four others adopted at the meeting held at the Chief Minister’s residential complex here Saturday by some 52 out of 60 UDA legislators present. The two MPs of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were at Delhi for the presidential election on July 18.
The resolution was signed by leaders of UDA constituents- chief minister Neiphiu Rio(convenor), deputy chief minister Y .Patton (co-convenor), UDA chairman T.R. Zeliang (co-convenor) and UDA co-chairman and NPF legislature party leader Kuzholuzo (Azo) Neinu.
Addressing media persons after the meeting at the State Banquet Hall, minister planning & coordination, land revenue and parliamentary affairs and also spokesperson of CCoNPI Neiba Kronu informed that in view of official conclusion of all negotiations on October 31,2019 members decided to urge upon the Centre to invite NSCN(I-M) to clear the decks for settlement. With respect to the WC of 7-member NNPGs, Kronu the group has no issue and was prepared for a final agreement any time.
As reported earlier regional parties ruling the government at various periods -NPF and presently NDPP and with BJP as an alliance partner- had made Naga political issue as the top of the agenda since 2003. The ruling and opposition parties also initiated the formation of legislators’ forum-JLF/PAM and presently, CCoNPI – to act as facilitator for securing early solution since 2017.
After 25 years of endless negotiations, NSCN(I-M) signed the Framework Agreement with the government of India, represented by then Interlocutor R.N.Ravi on August 3,2015. It signalled a major progress towards peaceful solution. Again on November 17,2017 the WC of 7-member NNPGs also signed the Agreed Position with the government of India’s Interlocutor R.N.Ravi to make the final agreement inclusive.
R.N.Ravi, the then Interlocutor who was appointed as Nagaland governor, had announced that all talks would conclude on October 31,2019 with the ultimate stage being signing of a broad-based agreement with Naga political groups.
However, the expectation for eventual solution hit a roadblock when NSCN(I-M) insisted on flag and constitution to be part of the solution on the ground that it was the basis of the Framework Agreement. The government of India said the demand was unacceptable under any circumstances.
Legislators had been holding a series of consultations with various apex Naga tribal bodies and CSOs during the past decades and end with the same clarion call to the Naga groups to unite for one solution and also urging the government of India to secure early solution.
Delegations of legislators used to go on the much-hyped trip to Delhi to meet with central leaders to impress upon them for early solution.
When NPF joined the NDPP-led PDA in 2021, to form the second opposition-less government (the first was in 2015) under the plea for the Naga political issue, there was no headway as solution was nowhere in sight as in the past years.
The Centre, especially union home minister Amit Shah had rejected outright the demand for flag and constitution and instead, asked state legislators to convince the NSCN(I-M) to sign the agreement since that ball was in the court of the NSCN(I-M).
That the perennial act of playing role of facilitator was out in the open when minister of H&TE Temjen Imna Along who urged upon the state government to frankly tell Naga public that Centre has said that demand for flag and constitution was totally unacceptable.
Even recently deputy chief minister Y. Patton had re-echoed this matter at a function in Dimapur that demand for flag and constitution had been the roadblock for solution. Patton’s statement, came a day ahead of the July 16 meeting of the CCoNPI.
Adding one more to the many cooks, the Centre has also roped in Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma as a go-between with the CCoNPI to clear the decks for solution.
It also remains to be seen whether the July 16 meeting resolution of throwing the ball back at the Centre’s court will achieve early solution or only cause more delay.


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