Government of India’s Interlocutor for the Naga political talks and former union secretary and chief secretary Nagaland, R.S Pandey (retd) IAS disclosed that the status of the negotiations between the government of India and the NSCN (I-M) has reached the highest stage. “It is now up to the government of India to take it up with stake holders (the other neighbouring states) he said.
Talking to Nagaland Post over phone Sunday, Pandey also said he will contest the 2014 Lok Sabha election on BJP ticket from his home state Bihar and would win.
Asked if he could guarantee a win in Nitish’s stronghold, he said “the recent assembly elections showed that people wanted change.” He said BJP was also strong in Bihar and for him it was the best alternative”. Asked whether he harboured political ambitions while in service and whether he had always been in line with BJP/RSS ideology, Pandey replied in the negative.
Nagaland BJP welcomes
State BJP president Dr. M Chuba Ao has welcomed R.S Pandey, government of India’s Interlocutor and former state chief secretary into the BJP fold. Chuba said Pandey’s decision was practical and commendable and came at a time when there was nationwide realisation that the Congress-led UPA had failed “everyone including the Nagas to deliver their poll promises”.
He said Pandey’s rich administrative experience as chief secretary in Nagaland and his role as interlocutor would be of immense help for the BJP-led NDA, which had recognised the uniqueness of the Naga issue. Chuba also said Pandey’s sting at union secretary petroleum and natural gas would prove beneficial for the nation and Nagas in particular.
He blamed the Congress for failures notably such as heightened corruption, price rise, mismanagement of development programmes etc as reasons for the party’s downslide.
He asserted that only the BJP-led NDA would be able to attend to the intricate and complex matter for bringing about a solution for the all-round progress of Nagas.