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NPCC president K Therie says ‘framework agreement’ confirmation of Article 371 (A)

By EMN Updated: Oct 20, 2020 6:56 pm

Dimapur, Oct. 20 (EMN): The president of Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC), K Therie, has stated that “on mere reading”, the ‘framework agreement’ signed between NSCN (IM) and government of India “is confirmation of Article 371(A) when GoI appreciates the uniqueness of Naga history, the position of Nagas and Schedule-VII of Art.246 of the Indian Constitution wherein sharing of sovereign powers of Union, State and Concurrent list are defined”.

Therie issued a press release on Tuesday stating that the word ‘competencies’ implies the Constitution as competencies or authorities derived from the Constitution. “The word ‘defined’ implies it is already outlined as in the Constitution. It does not speak to make a new List to share sovereign powers.

“On the part of NSCN (IM) it says, NSCN understood and appreciated the intricacies of the Indian system and of the imperative of the contemporary realities and regard for future vision. These perhaps refer to appreciation of the existing political structures of the federal system of India,” he said.

The ‘agreed points’ reached between the Centre and the working committee of NNPG, Therie stated, “is only in line with the stakeholders’ aspirations”.

According to him, the dispute between Nagaland state and the Union of India in regard to mineral resources rights in reference to Article 371(A) needs to be defined to avoid future dispute.

“As the Pan Naga Hoho is not required, it has been rejected. We will remain brothers and sisters wherever we are. No one can stop us from associating socially and economically.

“Inclusiveness, unity and one solution are the words chosen to please all. In our view, everyone is included. No one has been rejected from offering suggestions for the solution. Whether we are united or divided as long as we remain under one administration umbrella, we will be bound by one law. It is obvious, solution will be one for a federal state,” the NPCC chief went on to state.

Maintaining that Nagas cannot continue to suffer under “lawlessness, uncontrolled and un-administered government”, Therie said that the need of the hour is to revive justice, equality and enforce the law of the land.

“We demand to implement the solution under non-partisan government. Delay is pushing reluctant peaceful citizens to look for alternatives, people are not happy with GoI’s attitude of ignoring and neglecting coupled with the persistent feeling of minority across the mainland that continues to haunt us,” he said.

By EMN Updated: Oct 20, 2020 6:56:28 pm