Representatives of NSCN-IM, Naga national political groups, other Naga tribal hohos and civil society organizations posing for a group photograph. (File Photo)
DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 14 (MExN): The Working Committee (WC) of the six Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) on Wednesday said political negotiations with the Government of India (GoI) would resume after the Nagaland Legislative Assembly election. It has appealed to Naga people to remain calm and avoid violence in the imposed elections.
In a press statement, Media Cell, WC-NNPGs said, “Let this process pass of peacefully. Irrespective of whichever party comes to power, the members must work towards facilitating an honourable and acceptable political solution between NNPGs and GoI.”
The WC-NNPGs also expressed unhappiness that the democratic foundations have been shaken in Nagaland because people under oath, the Legislators, had signed they would not go for election.
Also recalling that all political parties signed an agreement on January 29, 2018 to desist from issuing party tickets, it however lamented, “The deceitful game eventually played by an Indian political party played spoilsport to the common agenda…”
The WC-NNPGs has therefore asked Kiren Rijiju, MoS for Home, Ram Madhav, BJP in-charge of North East to fulfil their slogans, “Election for solution.” Further, on the assurance given by R. N Ravi, interlocutor for Naga Peace talk that election would not come in the way of political negotiations, the WC-NNPGs said this utterance must be followed in letter and spirit now that democratic process is on.
The WC-NNPGs also sought to clarify that the signing of the ‘Agreed Position’ or a ‘Preamble of the Negotiations’ between the GoI and the NNPGs on November 17, 2017 is unprecedented.
It therefore pointed out that it was unwise to link the NNPGs November 17, 2017 agreement with GoI and NSCN (IM)’s Framework Agreement of August 3, 2015. “Though both are for the same people, the former is as clear as the blue sky while the latter is shrouded in mystery and apprehension. This is the different between the two,” it contented.
The WC-NNPGs also reiterated its non-involvement in the ensuing election and has cautioned all National workers against tarnishing the image of Naga political groups.