TR Zeliang

Former Nagaland chief minister TR Zeliang has said that the centre is working out a formula on the NSCN (IM)’s demands for a separate flag and constitution.

Zeliang said this on Sunday while addressing a by-election rally at Jakhama village.

Speaking for the first time after meeting home minister Amit Shah last week at Delhi, Zeliang, who is also the leader of the opposition, said the home minister has directed a team of Intelligence Bureau (IB) to work out a formula to resolve the issue of a separate flag and constitution.

The meeting was attended by home minister Shah, joint secretary, (Northeast), MHA Satyendra Garg, IB director Arvind Kumar, North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma, chief minister Neiphiu Rio and former CM and NOF leader Zeliang.

“Home Minister Amit Shah has urged the ruling NDPP and opposition NPF to work together at least on the matter of Naga issue to have a final settlement,” said Zeliang.

He added that the home minister also urged both the leaders to convince the two Naga negotiating groups NSCN (IM) and the NNPGs to sit at one table.

Zeliang also stated that although the opposition party did not attend the October 15 consultative meeting, the opposition and ruling party are on the same page when it comes to the 7-point resolution adopted by the state government, mass-based civil society organizations, Church, and NGOs.

Reiterating the stand of the Naga People’s Front (NPF), he said the party is working on the ground for the Naga issue and the only goal is to bring the NSCN-IM and the NNPGs together.

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