Wednesday, August 10, 2022

UDA not handling Naga issue well: JD-U


National president of Janata DalUnited (JD-U) and Lok Sabha MP Rajiv Ranjan Singh has accused the UDA government in the state of not handling the Naga political issue properly.
Singh stated this while addressing a press conference here on Thursday afternoon where he also alleged that Nagas felt betrayed because they voted the government to power that promised “Election for solution”.
The JD-U president also regretted that even after nearly five years,a final agreement could not be reached. He therefore reminded that the State government’s role was vital as they had a role to usher in peace in Nagaland.
Singh, who is also chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy, informed the media that he, along with three Lok Sabha members and one Rajya Sabha member, was visiting Nagaland to assess the situation, study the Naga political issue and raise it in Parliament, as the long-felt desire of the Nagas for peace should be fulfilled.
He also emphasised that all stakeholders should be taken into confidence and also suggested that as the ruling coalition (UDA) was an opposition-less government, all the parties in the government should be consulted before the final agreement was signed.
He said peace could be achieved only by good governance and demanded that the State government fulfil its commitment made to the people during the 2018 Assembly election.
To a query on the delegation’s visit to A.Z. Phizo’s graveyard, Singh described Phizo as “father of the nation” whom everyone respected and the visit was to pay homage to the departed soul.
He disclosed that invitation to consultation was extended to all civil society organisations (CSOs), adding that the team was having consultations with all those who responded. He said till Thursday afternoon,the MPs had met representatives from Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights and Global Naga Forum.
Sept 6 as Peace Day: Meanwhile, JD (U) will observe September 6 as “Peace Day” to commemorate the 58th anniversary of Indo-Naga ceasefire.
Party general secretary in-charge of North East Afaque Ahmad Khan, in a statement said State units will celebrate the party ideologue Jaya Prakash (JP) Narayan’s 120th birth anniversary by organising a series of programme across the country this year.
He mentioned that the team was also visiting Nagaland to review the preparations for celebrating JP’s birth anniversary.
Khan said the socialist leader (JP) had played an important role in the 1964 Nagaland Peace Mission and also travelled to every nook and corner of Nagaland to understand aspirations of local people,
While stressing that armed confrontation will not bring any solution, Khan expressed appreciation that an opposition-less government was formed to work for an early solution to the Indo-Naga problem. He however alleged that the UDA government had not done justice.
Barring meetings held with senior central leaders in Delhi, he said the State government has failed to meet prominent political parties and leading political figures and stalwarts of the country all of whom could play pivotal roles in helping to resolve the Naga issue.
Khan reiterated that solution cannot be found by getting bullied by one single political party and towing to its whims and fancies adding JD (U) believed that consultations should be broad-based among various political parties who are stake holders.
He urged upon the Core Committee on Naga Political Issue (CCNPI) to understand that the solution would have to go through Parliament, for which support of the main political parties, if not all, would be required.
He expressed concern that the Core Committee was not being properly guided to understand the political complexities of the nation vis-à-vis the Naga solution. He urged upon the opposition-less government to be more sincere and visionary in its approach and not to use the Naga issue for selfish gains.
Khan also sought construction of a JP Peace Mission Memorial Park and museum at Kohima as a tribute to the socialist leader.
At the invitation of JD (U)’s North East Executive Council convener and Nagaland unit president NSN Lotha, the team led by Singh and comprising Khan, national general secretary Harshvardhan Singh, and MPs Kaushalendra Kumar, Ramprit Mandal and Aneel Prasad Hegde are on tour of Nagaland to attend JP’s year-long celebrations preparatory meeting.


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