Kohima | March 13
Former Home Minister Imkong L Imchen today said the Naga People’s Front (NPF) party shall stand firm on its support to the ongoing political dialogue and to bring about the resolution of the Naga political issue.
Addressing a press conference after the first session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly, he said the NPF’s 26 legislators in the NLA would continue to contribute its services wherever it is required.
“We are here to welcome any honorable member of the House who are desirous to bring about a political resolution of the Naga political issue,” he said adding “together we shall endeavor to facilitate on the ongoing political dialogue between the Government of India and Naga political negotiating parties.”
Imchen said the Naga political issue and its settlement has been dear to the Naga people for the last several years and therefore the NPF thought it imperative that the election to the 13th State Assembly be postponed in order to work for the solution and settlement of the Naga issue, which was also “rightly endorsed by the Naga people.”
However, he said the Government of India thought that even though election is conducted solution will not be impacted.
Imchen went on state that “the Naga political dialogue which has been put on halt during the electioneering process will be resumed.” “We are expecting that solution will be forthcoming sooner or later.”
Imchen added that the initiative taken by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been highly appreciated and there is no reason why Nagas should doubt his determination to offer a solution.
Meanwhile, he said the NPF is in the process of new political formation. He however added: “officially we have not offered nor invited any of the political parties so far.”
He meanwhile thanked the Naga people for giving mandate to the NPF party even though the party could not secure absolute majority in the House.