Wednesday, August 10, 2022

United Democratic Alliance roadblock to Naga solution: Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee

Taking a pot shot at the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) government, Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president K. Therie accused UDA of being the “roadblock to settlement” and responsible for prolonging the suffering of the people.
In a statement, Therie also stressed that if Prime Minister Narendra Modi was at all honest in his announcement that the Naga problem had been resolved as announced to the nation and if BJP’s commitment to “Election for Solution” were of any truth, then time was running out for them to keep their commitments.
Asserting that the Centre had the constitutional right to remove the roadblock by removing the UDA government to settle the Naga issue, Therie said Government of India was fully aware of the collapse of constitutional machinery in Nagaland as the “underground writs” were applied everywhere over which the State government had no control.
Knowing that both were hand in glove, Therie said the Central government had given clear directive to UDA government to convince NSCN (I-M). But, instead of convincing, he alleged that the UDA coalition engineered Pan Naga Hoho (PNH) with chief minister Neiphiu Rio even going to the extent of stating that the Centre had not “rejected” separate Naga flag and constitution.
Further, Therie pointed out that Rio had also offered many times to pave the way for honourable and acceptable solution. He said stakeholders had also given the mandate to the Centre for implementation of the solution with talks having been concluded in 2019.
Meanwhile, the NPCC president said he had discussed the issue of roadblock to a political settlement of Naga issue with Congress leader and MP, Rahul Gandhi, adding that he was accompanied by NPCC vice-president V Lasuh and AICC (I/c Nagaland) Dr Ajoy Kumar.
He mentioned that he had also briefed High Powered Committee of AICC in March 2020 and sought support to the settlement of the two official agreements, to which the committee had agreed in principle. Gandhi was concerned as to why the agreements were not honoured, wondering why one should go back from an agreement, he claimed.
To clear the cloud, Therie said he had explained that Framework Agreement (FA) was the basis, adding that NSCN (I-M) general secretary Th Muivah’s statement at Agri Expo in 2012 was confirmed in the FA that issues of sovereignty and integration were officially ruled out. According to him, the last paragraph of FA states, “The two sides agreed that within this Framework Agreement details and execution plan will be worked out and implemented shortly”. He pointed out that the Centre had stood by the principles of FA and came to conclusion with Working Committee, Naga National Political Groups on Agreed Position.
But accusing UDA of refusing to recognise the two official agreements (Framework Agreement and Agreed Position), Therie alleged that the State government was actually pushing for PNH with the demand for legislative and executive powers over the Nagas residing in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and Nagaland.
However, the proposal was rejected by the respective States and also by the stakeholders. Since then, he claimed PNH was a non-agenda before the Centre and the stakeholders, adding even former governor and Centre’s interlocutor for Naga peace talks RN Ravi had in his address to Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) announced that talks had concluded.
The Assembly passed Motion of Thanks to the governor’s address. After this, he recalled that another resolution was passed by NLA pressing the Centre “to resume talks” and repeated “One solution for all”.
Therie however said one solution for all Naga inhabitants of various States and suggesting to provide land at tri-junction of Ingtanki National Reserve Forest were all false hopes. But noting that the UDA chairman had made it clear in recent times that the reserved forest could not be part of the solution, he said the UDA apparently appeared to be divided on the issue.


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