PDA urges NPFLP to reconsider decision to withdraw from JLF

DIMAPUR, AUG 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/20/2020 11:46:34 AM IST

People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) has appealed to NPF Legislature Party (NPFLP) to reconsider its decision to withdraw from Joint Legislators’ Forum (JLF) in the greater interest of Naga society by setting aside all differences and rise above party affiliations in order to strive towards realisation of the people’s desire for a lasting and genuine peace. 

In a resolution adopted in this regard at a meeting held at the State Banquet Hall, Kohima Thursday, signed by NDPP president Chingwang Konyak and state BJP president Temjen Imna Along, the PDA hoped that JLF would continue to play its role of facilitating the peace process with commitment and dedication to fulfil the wish of people.

PDA asserted that NDPP, BJP and independent legislators would continue to carry out their responsibilities as members of the forum. It  further welcomed the decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minster Amit Shah to resume the Naga peace process with utmost seriousness and endeavour to reach a political solution to the Naga political issue that would pave the way for peace, progress and all-round development. 

It reiterated its support to the peace process and to play its role as active facilitator in order to create an atmosphere that is conducive to the realisation and successful landing of the political solution. 

Meanwhile, PDA said it also took note of public concern over contents of Governor RN Ravi’s Independence Day speech where certain negative statements on Nagaland were made.  Though Nagaland may not be the best performing State, PDA claimed that it was making every effort to take the State forward on all fronts, adding that as representatives of the people, it was committed to voice the feelings of the people. 

Speaker writes to LoP

Nagaland Legislative Assembly speaker Sharingain Longkumer, while appealing to the NPF legislators to reconsider their decision to withdraw from the JLF has also forwarded a resolution of the PDA over the matter.

In his letter addressed to Leader of Opposition TR Zeliang, Sharingain reiterated the PDA resolution   and as chairman of the JLF and on behalf of the ruling coalition, urged upon NPF to set aside all differences transcending party affiliations in pursuit of the collective aspirations of Naga brethren and to actively facilitate in bringing lasting peace, justice and development through an amicable solution to the long standing Naga political issue.

Expressing his sadness on learning from a press statement of the NPF that it has decided to withdraw from the JLF, Sharingain  reminded that the Forum was formed solely to address the protracted and   pertinent Naga political issue. He also pointed out that it had taken 23 long years for all stakeholders to arrive at the present situation and significant progress had been witnessed. The Speaker said that at such a crucial juncture, NPF need to support and pro-actively facilitate with all stakeholders through the forum.

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