Wokha, July 2 (MExN): In a delayed response to the letter of the Nagaland Governor R N Ravi to the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on June 16 last, the Janata Dal United (JDU) Nagaland expressed dismay at the statements made by the Governor in the letter.
It said that the Governor, who is also the interlocutor of the Naga peace talks, addressing the same groups of Naga Nationalists with whom he has been sharing common platforms for the last several years as “armed gangs”, is shocking. The JDU said that it is ‘unbecoming’ of an interlocutor who has been advocating peaceful solution to the task he has been bestowed.
It further said that the Governor’s letter is ‘nothing short of surrender’ of his responsibility, and expressed sadness at the revelation through the letter that the interlocutor has given up hope of channelizing a solution to the ongoing political dialogue between the Naga Nationalists and the Government of India.
The JDU went on to say that the letter is a disappointment for the Nagas who had a high regards and hope in the Governor.
In its statement, the JDU also questioned the Governor as to what is stopping him from invoking his constitutional responsibility of recommending President Rule “if he is so convinced that the law and order has collapsed” in the state.
Terming the Governor’s letter as “trying to capture power through backdoor by way of asking files to be routed through his office in the name of law and order,” the JDU maintained that he must be more courageous to act upon the letter he has written “if he truly means it.”
“Otherwise it is absolutely inappropriate for a constitutional head to participate in the functioning of an elected government by default,” it concluded.