Monday, January 30, 2023

Legislators will resign only after final agreement has been signed: Chingwang

NDPP president Chingwang Konyak in statement on Wednesday categorically stated all legislators were firmly committed to solution, but resignation en bloc will only be after an agreement is signed and not before, in order to pave way for any arrangement.
He, therefore, asserted there was no question of resignation of MLAs prior to a final agreement on the Naga political issue.
Chingwang pointed out that the State government and political parties of Nagaland were not the contending parties– Government of India (GoI) and various groups of Naga national workers being the contending parties.
He said that right from 1964, after the first Assembly election in the State, political parties’ stand had been to work for solution of the vexed Naga political issue and bring the contending parties to negotiating table. He said the political also declared that they would not stand in the way for solution of the issue, besides promising in their respective manifestos that as and when the agreement was signed for a final solution, the elected members of Nagaland Legislative would pay the way for implementations of the agreement. Therefore, he said the question of resignation of MLAs without an agreement for a final solution did not arise.
Chingwang claimed that the creation of Nagaland on December 1, 1963 was a clear indication of government of India’s desire to solve the Naga political issue and usher in peace and prosperity in the region. Thus, the Naga people were given the power, responsibility and opportunity to govern their own affairs, he added.
He recalled that for the first time in the history of Nagas, a responsible and popular government was formed by Nagaland Nationalist Organisation (NNO) in January 1964. Since then, he mentioned that successive State governments has set upon themselves the task of running responsible administration with firm determination to solve the Naga political issue and bring peace and development to Nagaland.
According to him, the immediate and supreme task for the State government was to put an end to hostilities and uncertainties by creating goodwill among the people and restore normal condition in the State.
(Full text on p-6)

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