Naga pol. issue: NPF working committee okays formation of new common platform

Correspondent KOHIMA, OCT 30 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/30/2020 12:24:52 PM IST

Following appeals from different quarters and Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s insistence that members of NPF’s Political Affairs Mission (PAM) should join the ruling coalition’s Joint Legislators’ Forum (JLF) on Naga political issue, NPF working committee endorsed formation of a new common platform. 

The working committee on Friday held a meeting and resolved to leave it to the wisdom of NPF legislative wing to decide on formation of a common platform comprising 60 legislators of Nagaland Assembly and two members of Parliament.

Speaking to Nagaland Post, NPF legislative wing spokesperson Imkong L Imchen said the party’s legislative wing took the decision to work with the ruling coalition, which include change of the nomenclature JLF, at the request of Shah, adding that the forum would be replaced by a new common platform with a new nomenclature. 

Keeping in mind the Union home minister’s insistence that both the ruling and opposition parties should be on one platform, Imchen said NPF legislative wing took a decision in this regard in a meeting held last week. 

He said the meeting also decided to impress upon chief minister Neiphiu Rio to convene an emergency session of Nagaland Legislative Assembly to discuss the Naga political issue as Government of India was determined to go for a settlement once and for all. 

Claiming that there was no arrogance among NPF legislators, Imchen said the same was expected from the ruling coalition to form a new platform. With the endorsement of the party’s working committee, NPF legislative wing will be sitting for a meeting. 

Meanwhile, NPF secretary general Achumbemo Kikon told this correspondent that the working committee also resolved to reiterate the demand for an acceptable, honourable and inclusive solution. He said the meeting also resolved to appeal to NNPGs and NSCN (I-M) to sit across the table for mutual understanding reiterating its stand for one solution and one accord.

It may be recalled that NPF legislature party at a meeting held in Dimapur on August 18 resolved to withdraw membership from the JLF on the ground of “huge trust deficit”, saying that the ruling dispensation had no confidence with the NPF legislators.

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