No pan-Naga hoho without integration — NPCC
Dimapur, Feb. 22 (EMN): The Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has decried what it claimed was the silence and inability of other political parties in the state to clearly take a stand for the people of Nagaland at this crucial juncture, in relation to the Indo-Naga talks.
In a statement issued on Saturday, the committee maintained that ‘since governor of Nagaland, who is also the Interlocutor for Naga peace talks, has announced on numerous occasions that talks have successfully concluded on October 31, 2019; and now that the negotiating parties have agreed to resolve all issues under the parameters of Indian Constitution’, the demand for additional Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha seat for the state of Nagaland as well as ‘bicameral legislature for Nagaland State Assembly with creation of Legislative Council or Upper House should be mandatorily part of final political agreement’.
It also demanded: “Economic package for development of Nagaland that has been stunted by political strife and uncertainty; rehabilitation and resettlement of NPG cadres under ‘non partisan state government’ in coordination with the government of India.”
The committee claimed that Nagaland has “sufficient safeguards under Article 371 (A), (and) no other super imposition should be made to disturb or distort this provision. The idea of pan-Naga hoho or any other bodies in the form of advisory council to the state of Nagaland are not acceptable without integration.
“We finally appeal to the government of India to execute an early settlement keeping in view the repeated assurances and promises made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Nagas and to the nation on different occasions,” read the statement.