Neiphiu Rio: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio to discuss Naga political issue with Shah in Delhi


Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Monday said he would leave for Delhi in the coming days to discuss with Union Home Secretary Amit Shah the Naga political issue as well as the issues relating to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) without opposition in the state. . The chief minister, while interacting with reporters on the sidelines of an official program, said that during a telephone conversation, Shah asked him to come to Delhi.

“We are in contact by phone. He asked me when I could come to Delhi to discuss the political issue of the Naga, and issues relating to the alliance and state development. I plan to go there. for one to two days in the first week of December, ”Rio said.

Earlier at the National Progressive Democratic Party (NDPP) general conference on November 23, Rio said the Shah asked him and Chief Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma , who also participated in the Naga peace talks with the NSCN (IM), to come to Delhi.

Regarding reports that the framework agreement between the Center and the NSCN (IM) has become an obstacle to the “final solution” of the Naga political issue, he said the pact has been signed between the Indian government and team and was unaware of any related issues.

The Center and the NSCN (IM) are holding talks to resolve the decades-old political problem of the Naga, while the framework agreement was signed in 2015 and talks reportedly concluded in October 2019.

However, the “final solution” has yet to be found due to the constant demand from the NSCN (IM) for a separate flag and constitution of the Nagas.

Responding to a question about granting portfolios to the Naga Popular Front (FNP) after the formation of the UDA government, Rio said: “We are having discussions.”

With the exception of the appointment of former Chief Minister TR Zeliang as leader of the NPF legislative party with cabinet status, Rio has yet to welcome any of the NPF lawmakers into its ministry.

Now that there were no preconditions for the formation of the UDA government, he said, “Our main reason for meeting is the political issue of the Naga, which is our most important agenda.

Asked about Rengma Nagas’ request to transform Kohima’s Tseminyu sub-division into a full-fledged district, Rio said that around 9-10 groups require it, and the government has formed a committee to study the feasibility and waits. his report.


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