Unwise to give verdict when talks not concluded: Nagaland BJP

Nagaland State BJP leaders at the press conference
Nagaland State BJP leaders at the press conference

Nagaland State BJP leaders at the press conference at the Hotel Japfü on September 25. (Morung Photo)

Kohima, September 25 (NEPS): The Nagaland BJP made its stand clear on the settlement of the Naga political issue saying that they did believe the rhetoric statements given by some parties that they would pave the way when the settlement was arrived at. This was stated by Nagaland BJP President Temjen Imna who is also Minister for Higher and Technical Education and Tribal Affairs Minister during a joint press conference held at the Hotel Japfü on September 25.

The Minister said, “Let the talk be concluded first between the parties.” It was not wise to give any comment when the talk was not concluded, he explained.

Stating that they were nobody to give their verdict on the political conclusion of the Naga talks, Imna, however, made it clear that if the need of the Naga people was there when the talk concluded, they would be the first one to jump to “pave the way or to support or to give concurrence or to give strength to the Naga solution.”

Deputy Chief Minister and leader of Nagaland BJP Legislature Party, Y Patton denied that the present Government had ever mentioned that it would pave the way when the solution is arrived at. “It was the last Government that it was me who said that but this present Government has not mentioned it (pave the way).”

On the Center’s appointment of National Security Adviser, Ajit Doval, for the Naga talks, Patton said it was up to the Central Government for such an appointment. He, however, explained that RN Ravi could not be the Interlocutor after he was appointed as the Governor of Nagaland.

Another BJP legislator and PHED Minister Jacob Zhimomi who was present in the press conference while expressing happiness on the Prime Minister’s willingness to conclude the Naga issue soon, however, said, “If it is to be settled in three months, it has to be once and for all.” Because they were talking about one government, and therefore, all the groups should be invited for an inclusive settlement, he pointed out.

Making the position of the BJP Nagaland clear, Imna said, “Whatever is good for the Naga people, the BJP Nagaland also stands together with it.” “So, there is no contradictory as far as our stand is concerned,” he added.