Nagaland undecided on forming unopposed government over Naga political issue


Kohima: Even though the subject of the Naga political question dominated on the first day of the eighth session of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA), the proposal to form an unopposed government by the Naga Popular Front (FNP) remained undecided as it drew mixed reactions from members of the Legislative Assembly.

During a discussion on an issue of public importance regarding the political issue of the Naga, several opposition lawmakers, including opposition leader TR Zeliang, senior lawmakers Imkong Imchen and Yitachu, proposed the formation of ‘unopposed government to facilitate peace. talks.

“I would like to state that we have not only come together under the banner of the Parliamentary Committee on the Political Question of the Naga, but that we are also ready to put aside our political differences and support an unopposed government in the interest of the people. Naga and his political supporters. Wrestle. We elected officials must not hesitate to present the facts of the matter and strive with conviction to help unite the various Naga political groups, ”Zeliang said.

The NPF’s decision to join the ruling government was recently announced by the party. Despite the positive reaction from the NDPP party led by Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, the party has yet to make a final decision on forming an unopposed government as it has yet to receive a green signal. of its alliance partner, the BJP.

Amid political concern, BJP lawmaker Kashiho Sangtam, who also participated in the debate, proposed the unity of the Naga negotiating groups before the formation of an unopposed government.

According to Sangtam, an unopposed government in the past also facilitated the Naga peace talks, however, the issue remains unresolved. While all the members of the State Assembly gave their full support to the Naga political question, he considered that before reaching the “final settlement of this unopposed government”, the parliamentary committee or the central committee should approach the Naga negotiating groups to arrive at a “meeting point”.

As the talks of the two Naga negotiating groups – NSCN-IM and NNPG – with the Government of India (GoI) proceed in “two parallel ways”, he proposed that the committees convince both sides to put their past aside, their present and their future. differences.

“Before forming the government without opposition, why not approach the political groups to unite and find a lasting solution”, he proposed, with the hope that the aspirations of the Nagas will be realized.

However, FNP lawmakers remained firm on their proposal for an unopposed government. “Although many are skeptical of the intentions of the NPF party, we have repeatedly made it clear that we do not have a hidden agenda and that we do not do it out of desperation to be in the treasury: the only reason and the aim is to help ease the Naga political issue, ”Zeliang said.

He said the concept of an unopposed government should not be for cheap political gains but to enhance the progress of negotiations and also to meet the aspirations of the Naga people.

In addition, Zeliang said that until all the formalities for an unopposed government are completed, NPF members will continue to maintain a status quo with him as the leader of the opposition. He said if the elected members cannot be united, it is a “far-fetched idea to ask the Naga political groups to meet”.

Hoping that the BJP-led NDA government at the Center “would stick to the slogan” elect for a solution “in the state elections, he added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union Home Minister Amit Shah have shown great political will to resolve the Naga problem, unlike their predecessors.

While approving the same, MP Yitachu said that for an opposition party to join the government to form an unopposed government is an “act of cowardice”. However, this is not “disturbed” because the party wishes to give its “full support” to the head of the house and to give a “push” towards the realization of “many political manifestos”.

He said the unity of the 60 lawmakers “will create an impact” and give a much stronger force to facilitate the political issue of the Naga.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said he was “extremely happy” with the NPF’s resolve to have an unopposed government. As NDPP officers and lawmakers passed a resolution appreciating and welcoming the NPF’s proposal, he said the issue needed further consultation with his ally, the BJP.

In this regard, he informed that “the discussion is ongoing” as he hoped that “common sense will prevail”.

In the meantime, the chamber unanimously adopted the five-point resolution approved by the central committee of the parliamentary committee. The details of the resolutions adopted are:

  1. “The Chamber calls on the negotiating parties of the Indo-Naga political dialogue to resume the peace talks with a positive approach and mutual respect by setting aside the preconditions, out of respect for the cry of the Naga people for a long-term peace,” and to resolve the jurisdictional dispute as soon as possible.
  2. The Chamber calls on all Naga political groups to make serious efforts in favor of unity and reconciliation. The constant antagonism against each other, especially in the public space and in the media, sends the wrong message to the masses, as we all pursue the same aspiration for peace and a political solution. Taking the positive example set by the elected members of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly, who have gone beyond party affiliations to unite on the Naga political issue, the Naga political groups should make concerted efforts and listen to the voice. of the people for unity and unity. .
  3. The House, while appreciating the role and constant contributions of churches, civil societies and NGOs in facilitating peace and strengthening the peace process, calls on civil societies, mass organizations and tribal Hoho to redouble their efforts to create an atmosphere conducive to the rapid achievement of a political solution by seeking unity, reconciliation and unity.
  4. All the deputies of this Assembly gathered under the same banner, in accordance with the electoral manifestos of all political parties, pledging to the people that all elected deputies are ready to make all the sacrifices for an inclusive, honorable solution. and acceptable.
  5. The House therefore calls on the Naga political negotiating groups to come together to settle their differences and give the people a solution and an agreement.

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