Nagaland governor addressing the session on Friday

Kohima: The opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) on Monday wondered about the status of negotiations between the Centre and Naga groups, asserting that what Governor R N Ravi and the Centre said on this issue recently are conflicting.

The NPP was responding to the first day of the ongoing Assembly session, when Governor and interlocutor for Naga peace talks RN Ravi stated that the negotiations between the centre and the Naga groups have concluded.

“Is it a fact? Or is it a misrepresentation to the August house?,” asked MLA Imkong L Imchen while participating in the debate.

He pointed out that the Governor’s address was approved by the state cabinet before it was read out in the state Assembly. “The word concluded has been repeatedly mentioned in the speeches of the governor and the chief minister even during past occasions. When was the negotiations concluded and in what way and form was it concluded?” he asked.

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Imchen highlighted the Union Minister of State (Home Affairs) G Kishen Reddy’s response to Lok Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) Tokheho Yepthomi that negotiations with Naga groups are at an advanced stage and that no time frame for agreement can be indicated at this stage. “What is the actual status [of the peace talks]?” he asked.

Another MLA, Yitachu, of the opposition party, added that if the negotiations have concluded, the Nagas must be informed about what has been concluded.

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However, TR Zeliang, leader of the Opposition bench, decided not to comment on the Naga political issue as a separate day has been assigned to discuss the Naga political issue. Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio concurred with Zeliang.

(With inputs from PTI)

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