To settle the political question of the Naga, Nagaland moves towards a multi-party government

Kohima, September 15 (IANS): As the ruling and opposition parties have made intense efforts in recent months to form a multi-party government in Nagaland, all political parties will meet on Saturday to finalize the formation of the United Government of Nagaland (NUG), said on Wednesday. sources.

According to the political parties, the main objective of the formation of the NUG is to solve the political problem of the Naga involving various formations including the NSCN (IM).

As Nagaland moves towards a multi-party government, the opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) is most likely to join the NUG led by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.

NPF Legislative Party Leader TR Zeliang said a joint meeting of the ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA), NPF and independent MPs would be held on September 18 in Kohima to decide on the united government of the Nagaland.

He said he was optimistic that every aspect of the NUG formation would be finalized on Saturday and then official letters would be delivered to the state assembly chairman and governor to change the nomenclature of the PDA government. in NUG.

A multi-party meeting comprising the Rio-led Democratic Nationalist Party (NDPP), the Bharatiya Janata Party, the NPF and two independent lawmakers was held on August 11. He agreed in principle to form a multi-party government under the name of NUG.

“Our goal is very clear and transparent. We have come together to resolve the long-awaited political issue of the Naga. We want the Naga issue to be resolved before Christmas,” Zeliang told the media.

Surprising political circles in Nagaland and other northeastern states, the Center transferred Nagaland Governor Ravindra Narayan Ravi to Tamil Nadu on September 9. He was the government’s interlocutor for the highly controversial Naga peace talks, which are now in the final stages of finalization.

The governor of Assam, Jagdish Mukhi, has been given the additional office of governor of Nagaland.

With the support of central leaders, the BJP, an ally of the PDA government, also in principle supported the movement for a multi-party government.

The NPF, which is Nagaland’s largest party with 25 MPs, has decided to join the proposed NUG government, apparently for advancing the Naga political issue between the Center and the Naga political groups.

Led by Rio, the NDPP with 20 members and the BJP with 12 MPs are also the main partners of the incumbent PDA government.

Two independent deputies also support the government while a seat is vacant in the 60-member Assembly after the death of a deputy.

The latest political development comes after nearly all parties in the northeastern state came together following the formation of the Central Committee on the Naga Political Question (CCoNPI) led by Rio (organizer) on June 16.

BJP Deputy Chief Minister and Legislative Party Leader Y. Patton said his party was also keen to resolve the Naga political issue as soon as possible.

The Nagaland Pradesh Congressional Committee (NPCC) said that the opposition NPF’s decision to join the PDA government “under the pretext of a Naga political issue to converge on an unopposed government” was an insult to the people of the country. State as he fought the 2018 Assembly Polls against the BJP.

The NPCC, in a statement, also alleged that the main objective of the political marriage between the NPF and the PDA was “to plunder the treasury and enjoy the benefits of the office while delaying the implementation of a solution.” Naga policy ”.

The central government separately held peace talks with the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) and eight other formations which met a few years ago under the banner of “Naga National Political Groups. “(NNPGs).

The NSCN-IM and other groups reached a ceasefire agreement with the Indian government in 1997 and the following years and have engaged in political dialogue since then.

The NSCN-IM, the dominant Naga group since August 1997, has held around 80 rounds of negotiations with the Center.

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