K Therie
Nagaland Pradesh Congress Party (NPCC) president K Therie. File image

Nagaland Congress hoped that the September-end solution to the Naga political issue is not another false alarm considering that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been saying a number of times that the issue has been resolved.

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) chief K. Therie said he presented his views as a stakeholder and also of the Naga political groups on the expected Nagaland political resolution to the high-powered committee of the All India Congress Committee (AICC).

Therie in a statement on Saturday said senior Congress leaders AK Antony, Ahmed Patel, Ambika Soni, Mukul Wasnik, KC Venugopal and Surjewala, who gave him a patient hearing, assured to support the views of the stakeholders of the Naga issue.

Senior citizens’ plea:

The Rengma Senior Citizens’ Forum (RSCF) on Saturday said any political settlement between the Centre and the Nagas must include the Naga national flag and constitution (Yehzabo) for the accord to be considered honourable and acceptable.

It also resolved to stand for an inclusive solution covering all the Naga-inhabited areas.

The forum held a meeting on the Indo-Naga political issue at Tseminyu today, forum president Kethang Kath and general secretary Gwanyelo Keppen said in a release.

The senior citizens made a strong plea to the government of India to bring settlement to the Naga issue based on the Framework Agreement of August 3, 2015, and the Agreed Position of November, 17, 2017.

The Centre signed the Framework Agreement with the NSCN (I-M) on August 3, 2015 and the Agreed Position with the Naga National Political Groups November, 17, 2017 in an effort to hammer out a final solution to the decades-old Naga issue.

The forum also urged all stakeholders to speak in unison so as to usher in one Naga accord, based on “our unique political history and identity”.

It said one single accord is necessary for permanent peace and security in “our land”,

According to the forum, a Naga accord secured at this juncture would be the result of collective sacrifices of all the Naga tribes irrespective of artificial boundaries.

It said efforts to compartmentalize the Naga issue should be avoided at all costs.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com