Kohima: Ahead of one of the most crucial meetings on the ongoing Naga talks that is likely to be held on October 24 in New Delhi, chairman of NSCN (IM) Q Tuccu said that he would go as per the voice of the people.
Participating in a meeting with the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) at his residence, Tuccu said that he would go as per the voice of the people as the struggle was a people’s movement and opinion of Nagas before the final accord be taken to avoid bloodshed and permanent peace in the region.
Both the Centre and the NSCN (IM) are likely to meet yet again in New Delhi on October 24 for another round of negotiation.
A delegation from NBCC met NSCN (IM) chairman Q Tuccu and held a prayer meeting at his residence on Monday.
The delegation conveyed to the NSCN (IM) chairman that the need of the hour was unity among all factions so that the final accord was signed to avoid bloodshed and confrontation.
“NBCC’s main purpose of meeting the NSCN (I-M) leaders was to let them know that the church was praying for them, for wisdom, for understanding and for guidance. And that in any given situation, the church would continue to stand above the solution and pray that unity and mutual understanding prevailed among the leaders in particular and the Nagas in general,” the Council said.
Meanwhile, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio has rushed to Delhi and called on important Central leaders, including defence minister Rajnath Singh. Centre’s interlocutor, who is also governor of Nagaland, RN Ravi, is also likely to attend the October 24 meeting.
Earlier on Tuesday, Leader of Opposition TR Zeliang wrote to Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) speaker Vikho-o Yhoshü notifying about the need for the Joint Legislators Forum (JLF) meeting on the Naga political issue.
Terming it as “most regrettable”, Zeliang said that the members of the JLF were informed about a proposed meeting on October 4 at Rhododendron Hall, Chumukedima. However, the scheduled meeting was postponed and “thereafter, no further notice has been served till date” and questioned as to why the meeting has never been rescheduled.
“As you are aware of the pressing need for the Naga political groups and the government of India to come to terms and sign the final agreement, we the elected members, as facilitators of the peace process should be at our best and facilitate in resolving the Naga issue without further delay,” he said in the letter addressed to the Speaker.
Meanwhile, sources in the Union home ministry have already said that the government of India has set a deadline of October 31 to conclude the process of talks with the Naga rebel groups. The Centre has also made it clear that the demand of separate flag and constitution would not be accepted.