Kohima: Following a coordination meeting held between the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and independent parties along with legislators and senior party functionaries on Monday, the ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) reiterated its “appeal for an early resolution to the Indo-Naga political issue which should be inclusive, honourable and acceptable to the people of state”.
In a statement released and signed by NDPP convenor Chingwang Konyak, NDPP president and co-convenor Temjen Imna Along informed that the meeting was held “to deliberate on the ongoing talks on the solution to the Naga political issue”.
The statement further stated that the PDA has always maintained a consistent stand all along on the Naga political issue and has never reverted on collective decisions and policies, unlike others.
“The PDA coalition has always acknowledged the sentiments of the people and will continue to respect the wishes and desires of the people whom we represent,” it added.
It then said that the PDA “unanimously endorsed to support the resolution of the Joint Legislators Forum [JLF] dated 7th August 2019”. It further attached a copy of the resolution which has been endorsed by the PDA.
At the JLF meeting held on August 7, members of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA), along with both MPs of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, deliberated on the Naga political issue.
Held under the chairmanship of Vikho-o Yhoshü, NLA Speaker who is also the JLF chairman, the house wholeheartedly welcomed the appointment of RN Ravi as the governor of Nagaland with the hope that the “gubernatorial appointment will further strengthen and expedite the political negotiations, which will pave the way for an early solution to the protracted Naga political issue”.
The JLP also resolved to play the role of an active facilitator to the ongoing peace process and is continuing to meet all stakeholders including the leaders of the Government of India to create better understanding in order to cultivate a common voice objective at bringing early solution.
The JLF also appealed all sections of the people in the state , especially the tribal Hohos and the mass-based civil society organisations, to “come forward under a spirit of unity and oneness so that all sections work collectively towards creating and carrying a congenial atmosphere and a conducive environment for implementation of any new political arrangement that may come about from the ongoing negotiations”.
Furthermore, it resolved that as negotiations have been going on for the last 22 years, the JLF appealed to all negotiating parties with the government of India to come together, sit across the negotiating table and rise above all differences and to unite.
The JLF resolution was jointly signed by Vikho-o Yhoshü, chairman, JLF & Speaker, NLA; Neiphiu Rio, chief minister; Yanthungo Patton, deputy chief minister; TR Zeliang, Leader of Opposition; Tokheho Yepthomi, MP (Lok Sabha); and KG Kenye, MP (Rajya Sabha).
This statement comes days after opposition leader Zeliang decried postponing of the JLF meeting on the Indo-Naga talks.