NPCC president K.Therie said the DAN-III government talked of only the framework agreement for days and years but without knowing the contents adding it presented the “sordid state of affairs plaguing the so-called opposition-less Govt”.
Taking a jibe at the DAN government, Therie in a press statement maintained that if it didn’t talk(about political issue), the government feared people would believe it had betrayed since all came together in the name of political solution. However , he said when the government talked people understood that those in the government don’t know where solution lay.
Further, Therie said if MLAs did not talk with a sense of achievement, then who else in Nagaland would talk with such a sense. He asked, if MLAs talked without authentic information and if their talks were wishful thinking, then who should be presenting the facts to the people?
Quoting an old saying “people can be fooled once but not twice”, Therie however said it was an understatement since people of Nagaland have been fooled for many times and many years.
Therie said he heard that the Parliamentary Working Committee (PWC) has been “looking for support from national political parties to what Modi calls the Naga Peace Accord, while some call it a Framework Agreement”.
He said all political parties assured of support, provided it was good for the people. He said when national leaders asked them(PWC) if they knew the contents of the Framework Agreement, he said they could not reply.
Therie said Sonia Gandhi(AICC president) had clearly told the state chief minister, Lok Sabha MP Neiphiu Rio and PWC delegates, that Congress would support any solution that was good for the people but that it could not give a “blank cheque”.
Therie said he also heard the leaders talked of an early honourable and acceptable solution.
He said the words “honourable and acceptable sound nice which everybody has adopted” and in his view, “nice words do not qualify for solution”.
Therie said there was need to prepare a list of things that were honourable and acceptable as in a democracy, the aspirations of people were final.
He also said the Plebiscite of May 16, 1952 was for Sovereignty and today, some feel the need for another referendum. Therie felt it may happen in good time but for the present, people aspire for peace, safety, security, freedom, one tax, one government and development.
Saying leaders have a dream, to deliver these aspirations but should not talk for the sake of it nor beat around the bush.
“In our endeavour to solve the political problem, we will present a list of things that we believe are honourable and acceptable to the people” said Therie.