Union home minister Amit Shah is likely to visit Manipur this month to discuss the Naga political issue with various stakeholders.
As per reports, as a prelude to Shah’s visit to Manipur, Assam Finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma hurriedly visited Kohima two days back and held a close door marathon meeting with Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio.
Though Sarma refused to disclose any point of his discussion with the Nagaland chief minister, Sarma was reportedly assigned by Shah with the task of studying the political situation in reference to the Naga issue in Nagaland and also hold discussions with various stakeholders.
Before visiting Nagaland, Sarma told reporters in Guwahati that the Centre is working towards a final solution to the Naga issue which goes along the unique history and traditions of Naga society.
“I strongly feel if Naga leadership wants to sign the accord, this is the right time. I once again appeal to them that they should sign the agreement and lead Nagaland to a durable solution. The entire Northeast is looking forward to it,” said Sarma.
“There should be smooth sailing of the Naga issue. The Government of India has taken into confidence all the concerned northeastern states on the issue,” he said.
Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh said that Shah had expressed the desire to meet all elected representatives and other stakeholders, including members of civil society organisations, and discuss the Naga issue in the state.
“Date of Shah’s visit was yet to be finalised,” said Singh in Imphal on Friday.
Referring to the talks between the Central government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM), Singh reiterated that there would be no compromise on the issue of Manipur’s territorial integrity.
“Our government’s position is very transparent. We have conveyed our position to the Central government earlier on many occasions that we stand opposed to any compromise on Manipur’s territorial interests,” he reaffirmed.
The Nagas have sizable populations particularly in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh besides majority populations in Nagaland. NSCN-IM led by its chief negotiator Thuingaleng Muivah in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently demanded the involvement of the Prime Minister in the talks for faster determination of their demands, insisting that the negotiations be held in a “third country”.
In the eight-page letter, Muivah also highlighted what he called the “obnoxious” conduct of the officials of the Union home ministry while dealing with the Naga question.