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13th NLA: J&K politics find ripple effect in Nagaland

By Our Correspondent Updated: Aug 07, 2019 1:05 am
NLA Speaker Vikho-o Yhoshu presiding over the fourth session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly on Tuesday.

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Kohima, Aug. 6 (EMN): Political developments happening elsewhere concerning Jammu and Kashmir found expression inside, and outside, the Nagaland Legislative Assembly on Tuesday even as representatives from different political parties took their positions either side of the perilous line.

Inside the Nagaland Legislative Assembly, former Speaker Chotisuh Sazo referred to the abrogation of Article 370 and 35 (A). He hoped that a similar situation would not be replicated in Nagaland , warning of ‘dangerous’ outcome.

In response to Sazo’s apprehension, Minister of Technical Education and Tribal Affairs Temjen Imna Along countered that the situation between Nagaland and Jammu and Kashmir was completely different.

“If any situation should arise in Nagaland that is similar to the present Jammu and Kashmir, then BJP (Nagaland unit) will stand with the people of Nagaland,” asserted Along.

JD (U) Nagaland opposes

The Nagaland unit of JD (U) expressed shock at the ‘sudden revocation of Article 370 without any proper and rational discussion.’

A press release from the party on Tuesday stated that it had opposed such a proposal ever since the issue had been at the forefront. “Even at this moment, the JD (U) reiterates its stand and vehemently oppose the repeal of the Article,” it stated.

Therie says Nagaland not safe

The president of NPCC, K Therie issued a statement saying that the Centre could scrap Article 371 (A) and bifurcate Nagaland into two UTs. “Today it has happened to J&K which has been stripped of special Constitutional provisions, citing development and integration with the nation. We may be small in number and tiny in size but we do not approve of the unilateral decision.

“Tomorrow, Nagaland may be divided into two UTs and Art. 371 (A) scrapped. In the event, Congress whether weak or strong, will oppose till the last drop of blood,” he stated.

By Our Correspondent Updated: Aug 07, 2019 1:05:28 am