Kohima: The Naga People’s Front (NPF), the opposition party in Nagaland, on Wednesday reiterated its stand that the party’s elected members are “facilitators” and “cannot put ultimatum on the two negotiating parties and comment on what to accept and what not to in the final agreement”.
A press statement issued by Imkong Imchen, spokesperson of the NPF Legislature Party said, “If there are any differences in the demands, it is for the negotiating parties to sit together and hammer out differences and come to a logical conclusion for an inclusive and honourable solution which will bring about permanent peace.”
It recalled that when the NPF delegation called upon the governor on October 5 at Raj Bhavan, the leader of NPF legislature party had appealed the governor to “work out a formula for the current contentious issues of flag and constitution as he did with the demands of integration and sovereignty”.
It said that NPF legislature party has only reiterated the NPF party central executive council (CEC) resolution adopted on June 12 at the central headquarters in respect to Naga symbolic issues.
As per point-five of its resolution, “The party appreciates and pledges its continued support to the signing of the framework agreement between the government of India and the NSCN (IM) on August 3, 2015 and strongly urge the parties to come to term for an honourable inclusive political settlement without further delay. Nevertheless, the NPF strongly feels that any political solution without recognising the symbolic identity of the Nagas will fall short of Naga aspiration.”
It said that even when the leader of opposition wrote to the assembly speaker on October 22 appealing for convening a meeting of the Joint Legislators Forum (JLF) on Naga Political Issue, “It was surprising to note that with little regard for the wellbeing of the Nagas and continuing to play double standard politics on this issue, a PDA coordination meeting was called and held on October 28 in which they endorsed the JLF Resolution dated August 7, 2019. In doing so, they have once again shied away from the core issues and portrayed to the world the weak kneed leadership.”
It recounted a press communiqué, issued by the PDA on May 24, which read, “We appreciate the government of India for recognising the unique history of the Nagas and we appeal for a political solution that honours the legitimate political rights of the Naga people and ensures the political symbols for which the Naga movement has struggled.”
It alleged that since then, the NDPP or the PDA has managed to remain silent on these contentious issues.
“The NDPP-led PDA is only worried about their position in a post-solution scenario, which is typical of the leadership of NDPP which is always for self-aggrandizement at the expense of the common Naga people. This is manifested by the reiteration of what the Union home minister had said when they sought clarification on the status of the elected members. Rather than having concern for the Indo-Naga political issue which is staring at a deadlock, the chief minister of Nagaland is only worried about the chair and the power that comes along with it. So drunk in power that the ruling bench care little of the future of the Nagas and are completely blind to the pertinent issues at hand,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, the NPF delegation from Nagaland and Manipur met the WG of the seven NNPGs on Tuesday and the collective leadership of the NSCN (IM) on Wednesday where it appealed the two groups to unite and sign the final agreement for peace and progress.