A source close to the Chief Minister informed Newmai News Network tonight that whatever meeting that was sought with the Central leaders by the Nagaland legislators got over in connection with the Naga political talks. However, it was not clear whether all the 60 MLAs of Nagaland had returned to the state.
Cutting across party lines, the 60 MLAs of Nagaland after having formed a Joint Legislature Forum (JLF) had rushed to New Delhi few days ago and met Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde urging them to finalise an acceptable solution for the Nagas before the state assembly election due in February next year.
It can be noted that over 40 NSCN (IM) leaders are camping in New Delhi currently while engaging in talks with the central leaders and government of India representatives. The NSCN (IM) had earlier said its focal point is on how our objective and goal is to be concretized based on interdependent relationship between the two entities and shared sovereignty is an option at this given situation.
Mention may be made that under the aegis of the Naga Hoho and the Eastern Nagaland Peoples Organisation (ENPO), rallies will be held in later part of this month in all the “Naga areas” to urge for an early settlement of the Indo-Naga political conflict. Churches in “Naga areas” are also planning to conduct special prayers for the early settlement of the vexed Indo-Naga political conflict.
Amid this development, the NSCN led by S.S Khaplang had stated few days ago that “only sovereignty for the Nagas” will be accepted.
The ‘ official declaration’ signed by chairman of the NSCN (K) S.S.Khaplang which was made available to Newmai News Network on July 30 said,” With regard to the possible political solution within the Indian Constitution, the NSCN/GPRN (NSCN-K) will reject it unless it is a sovereignty of the Nagas.”
Reacting to this declaration, former ‘home minister’ of the NSCN (IM) Rh. Raising when contacted by NNN said “all are for the Naga sovereignty.”
Rh. Raising seems to be commenting on tactical and strategic point of view which was to mean that any agreement minus Naga sovereignty will always be considered as an interim arrangement.
It is worthwhile to note that the outgoing Union home minister P Chidambaram had told the media few days ago in New Delhi that the talks between the NSCN (IM) and New Delhi had reached a ‘sensitive stage.’