NSCN-IM cadres
File photograph of NSCN(IM) cadres. Image credit – Subhamoy Bhattacharjee

The Joint Legislators’ Forum (JLF) on Naga Political Issue will form a core committee to push the Centre and other stakeholders for an early settlement of the Naga issue.

The decision was taken at a consultative meeting held by the JLF under the chairmanship of newly elected Nagaland Assembly speaker Sharingain Longkumer on Wednesday, an Assembly statement said on Thursday.

The Joint Legislators’ Forum had deliberated extensively on the Naga political issue and felt the urgent necessity for achievement of an early negotiated political settlement.

In this regard, a nominating committee has been formed with Speaker and JLF chairman Sharingain Longkumer, leader of Opposition T.R. Zeliang, parliamentary affairs minister Neiba Kronu and health and family welfare minister S. Pangnyu Phom as members.

Chief minister Neiphiu Rio appealed to the ex-parliamentarians present at the meeting to support the effort of the JLF for Naga political solution.

In a tweet on Thursday, Rio appreciated the Centre for its sincerity and acknowledging the unique history of the Naga people.

He also urged the Centre to make extra efforts to bring an early political settlement that is honourable and which upholds the democratic political rights of the Nagas.

In another tweet, he said, “I take this opportunity to place on record our appreciation to the civil society orgs, tribal hohos, church bodies, NGOs and all sections of people who have contributed to strengthen the peace process.”

Rio also appealed to everyone to make further efforts towards unity, oneness and reconciliation.

Bhadra Gogoi

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