Monday, January 30, 2023

GoI, NPGs to resume talks after Puja

Spl. Correspondent

Government of India’s representative for Naga talks, AK Mishra and the Naga Political Groups (NPGs)- NSCN (I-M) and Working Committee(WC) of the NNPGs, are to resume discussions for drafting of the agreement for Naga political solution after the Durga Puja/Dusherra festival. Sources said discussions are expected to resume after October 15.
NSCN (I-M) delegation led by member collective leadership VS Atem, who were camping in Delhi since September 19, returned to Nagaland Sunday. WC/NNPGs team, led by its convenor N. Kitovi Zhimomi were in Delhi since September 26, will return to Nagaland on Monday.
According to sources, some significant progress was made at the recently held discussions. The government of India was expected to present a ‘common draft’ in the next round of discussions for both the NSCN (I-M) and the WC/NNPGs. The NPGs are expected to study/deliberate on the draft before giving their nod for a common agreement. As reported, an inclusive common draft was being worked out to club both ‘status paper’ of the Agreed Position (AP) and the ‘competency clauses’ of Framework Agreement(FA) before inking of the final agreement, that was likely to be termed as ‘Yehzabo’.
This aspect was also revealed by NPF legislature party leader and UDA co-chairman Kuholuzo (Azo) Nienu in July this year who said: “The common draft will have to be put in the public domain for the Nagas to accept. The final inking of the solution will take place only after it.”
Sources said the procedure for the final agreement will have to pass through various official requirements. First, the draft will have to be preceded by formulation for a final draft and then undergo Constitutional scrutiny before being tabled in the Parliament. Since the procedures may take time, it is most likely that the state assembly polls due in 2023 would have to be held as per constitutional obligations.
It may be recalled that ENPO has decided to enforce abstention from participation in the forthcoming polls within its areas in support of its demand for Frontier Nagaland state. On the other hand, WC/NNPGs has warned that it will “prevent” the scheduled Assembly polls for early solution. Both decisions of ENPO and WC has literally thrown a spanner in the works against holding elections and which has also added to confusion. Not holding elections as scheduled would result in a constitutional crisis for which the only option would be to impose President’s Rule.

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