Naga package in pipeline

Naga Common Platform cannot be condemned’

Dimapur, November 6 (MExN): In the light of the Government of India offering a political proposal to settle the decades-old Indo-Naga political conflict, Rajya Sabha MP Khekiho Zhimomi has expressed optimism for a positive outcome to the Naga political problem.
Although the year is drawing to its close, the MP said the package is in the pipeline. The Joint Working Group (comprising GPRN/NSCN, NSCN/GPRN and FGN) which was formed as a result of the ongoing Naga Reconciliation process had on September 29, 2009 jointly rejected any form of “conditional package” from the Government of India. But the MP assured that the government will continue to act as facilitator to the contending parties. “We are trying out best to bring an early conclusion,” he said.
Stepping out of a meeting with DMC counselors in Dimapur today, Khekiho said he has voiced his concerns inside and outside the parliament to ushering in a permanent settlement to the Naga political issue. Zhimomi added that Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has been effectively voicing the issue on appropriate platforms. On the Common Naga Platform, Zhimomi said it is necessary for people to support the platform.
In this case, the Joint Working Group had in the same statement strongly opposed the Naga common platform on the grounds that “it is not warranted at the present time.” Zhimomi said it is wise to keep the voices of the people together. He asserted that the “Common platform is a necessity because we are trying to have one voice.” The common platform cannot be condemned; instead, all efforts must go in and there must be common participation, Zhimomi added.
Zhimomi, who will be leaving for Delhi on November 19 for the winter session of the Parliament, disclosed that he will move Bill on Article 371 (A) on the floor of the house. He will also moot for the creation of a Legislative Council (upper house) for the state of Nagaland. Another agenda of the MP is to draw the attention of the Home Minister on the recent spats of misdemeanor against people from the northeast particularly Nagas in the Indian capital.

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