Monday, February 6, 2023

Defer polls to secure one solution: TNR

Joining the chorus of demands for early solution by deferment of polls, The Naga Rising (TNR) which is a part of RPP, has suggested that Naga stakeholders– NSCN (I-M) and WC, NNPGs– be given some time to work out a single solution as desired by Nagas and the government of India.
This was contained in a statement issued by TNR convener Along Longkumer and secretary Khriezo Yhome.
The duo also suggested that the BJP led government at the Centre under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi take the political initiative to defer the elections to a later date in consultation with Election Commission of India (ECI).
They said the cry for solution before the next Assembly election in Nagaland was a genuine which has the support of all sections of people.
TNR also claimed that all political parties, including those in the government, and key stakeholders led by tribe hohos were also in favour of a solution first.
They said the only thing that was seen as an impediment to solution was that both Naga negotiating parties, including the Centre, were unable to come to a meeting point.
TNR also noted that, in a significant development, NNPGs and NSCN (I-M), at a recent meeting had declared “unconditional commitment” to collaborate for the resolution of Naga historical and political rights with the Central government.
TNR referred to the January 14 declaration by representatives of NNPGs and NSCN (I-M) at the initiative of Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR): for “…unconditional commitment to collaborate on the basis of our respective agreements, with immediate effect, for the resolution of the Naga historical and political rights with the Government of India.”
Arguing against the ECI’s stand that elections were a constitutional obligation reiterated by the CEC at the recent meeting in Kohima, TNR said to its understanding, “holding of regular elections can be stopped by means of a constitutional amendment in consultation with the Election Commission.”
TNR claimed that interruptions of regular elections were acceptable in extraordinary circumstances and also recalled that in the run-up to the Assembly elections in 2018, suggestions were made to the Centre before the announcement of poll dates that the polls be deferred by six months. A specific timeframe where all stakeholders could come on board was proposed.
However, TNR said the Modi government decided not to set any deadline for signing the final accord with Naga groups, as reported in the media.

SourceNPN
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