Framework shrouded in mystery: NNPGs

Working Committee (WC) of the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) Wednesday termed as “unwise” the purported linking of NNPGs’ November 17, 2017 agreement with Government of India and August 3, 2015 Framework Agreement.

Though both were for the same people, WC of NNPGs through its media cell stated that the November 17, 2017 agreement was “as clear as the blue sky”, but the Framework Agreement was “shrouded in mystery and apprehension”. This is the difference between the two, WC added.

WC maintained that the signing of the “Agreed Position or a Preamble of the Negotiations” between the government of India and the NNPGs on November 17, 2017 was unprecedented.

Meanwhile, seeking to clear the air on the election issue, the WC of the NNPGs affirmed that they would, at all times, stand by the people’s verdict of ‘solution not election’.

WC pointed out that demand for deferment of elections was first resolved in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly on December 15, 2017. Thereafter, it said all tribal Hohos in Nagaland agreed unanimously to seek solution and not election.

“A very strong message had been sent to India and outside world that there is a real political problem in Nagaland,” WC stated.

Further, it said that all political parties signed an agreement on January 29, 2018 to desist from issuing party tickets.

However, WC said that “deceitful game eventually played by an Indian political party” played spoilsport to the common agenda. Nevertheless, WC said the mood on the ground was “absolutely for solution.” WC said a bandh was called by Nagas and despite the last minute pullouts, the sentiments of the people was there for all to witness.

NNPGs also asserted that minister of state for home, Kiren Rijiju, and BJP national general secretary and in-charge of NE, Ram Madhav, must fulfil their slogans, “Election for solution”. Also, citing the purported appeal of interlocutor for Naga Peace talk, RN Ravi, to the Nagas that elections would not come in a way of political negotiations, the NNPGs said “These are remarkable utterances in trying times which must be followed in letter and spirit now that democratic process is on.”

Reiterating their position of non-involvement in the ensuing elections, the NNPGs cautioned all “National workers” against tarnishing the image of Naga groups.

Stating that political negotiations with government of India would also resume after elections, the NNPGs, therefore, appealed to Naga people to remain calm and avoid violence in the “imposed elections.” “Let this process pass off peacefully,” it stated.

Irrespective of whichever party comes to power, WC said the members must work towards facilitating an honourable and acceptable political solution between NNPGs and government of India.

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