Nagaland: PDA appeals NPF to reconsider withdrawal from JLF

Welcomes Centre’s decision to resume peace talks

Kohima, August 20 (MExN): The ruling coalition government of Nagaland, People's Democratic Alliance (PDA), on Thursday appealed to the Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF) Legislature party to reconsider its decision to withdraw from the Joint Legislators Forum (JLF) in the greater interest of Naga society.

The appeal comes two days after the NPF announced its withdrawal of membership from the JLF citing ‘huge trust deficit’. 

The PDA sought reconsideration of the decision from the NPF in order to “set aside all differences and rise above party affiliations in order to strive towards realization of the people's desire which is lasting and genuine peace.”

Nagaland Legislative Assembly Speaker Sharingain Longkumer, who is also the Chairman of the JLF appealed to the NPF stating that ,“At such a crucial juncture let us continue to support and pro-actively facilitate with all stakeholders through the Joint Legislators Forum.”

The appeal was part of the series of resolutions adopted by the PDA in its meeting at the State Banquet Hall in Kohima on Thursday.

It further added that the JLF will continue to play its role of facilitating the peace process with committed dedication to fulfill the will of the people.

“The NDPP, BJP and Independent members will continue to carry out its responsibilities as members of the JLF,” it stated. The PDA also welcomed the Central Government’s decision “to resume the Indo-Naga Political dialogue with utmost seriousness.”

It reiterated its support to the peace process and reaffirmed its role as an ‘active facilitator’ “to the realization and successful landing of the political solution.”

Meanwhile, addressing the concerns raised over the contents of the Governor's Independence Day speech, the PDA said that it had taken note of the “negative statements” that were made on Nagaland.

“The PDA observes that the speech has not been well received by the people,” it stated, adding that although Nagaland may not be the best performing state, all efforts were being made to take the State forward on all developmental fronts.

“As representatives of the people, the PDA is compelled to voice the feelings of the people,” it stated.