Much is being speculated over the likely purpose of the proposed visit of union home minister Amit Shah to Nagaland on January 6 to be followed by a visit to the state by Prime Minister Narendra Modi sometime after January 10. This was disclosed by state chief minister Neiphiu Rio Tuesday while addressing the 61st Annual Sports Meet of Zhadima Village Youth and Sports Organization (ZVYSO)at Zhadima village, Tuesday.
Rio said while Shah will be visiting Nagaland on January 6, prime minister Modi is likely to visit after January 10 (tentatively January 13 or 14).
Rio expressed the hope that Nagas would get to know on the status of Naga political issue during the visits of the central leaders. He said the biggest hope on the Prime Minister and Home Minister’s visit was on securing solution to the Naga issue which would be the “greatest happiness” for Nagas.
According to sources, Amit Shah will be arriving Dimapur from Imphal and hold meeting with state leaders before leaving for Delhi the same day. It was not clear whether Shah would be meeting ENPO representatives.
Sources however said that Shah’s proposed visit to Eastern Nagaland this month would be finalized only after submission of a report by the three-member Home ministry committee on ‘Frontier Nagaland’ demand. There are speculations on whether Shah will announce the arrangement that the Centre proposes for eastern Nagaland so as to ensure that the constitutional obligation of Nagaland in constituting the next legislative assembly is not prevented. Election could be deferred if the need arose in order to prepare the necessary formalities.
In such an event, the state assembly could be placed under suspended animation and polls deferred. With regard to the subsequent visit of the PM, sources speculate that Modi could be expected to announce a likely solution and a slew of projects and assistance to the state.
Naga solution top priority: Rio
State chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Tuesday asserted that solution to the vexed Naga political issue was the top priority for his government, saying the issue should be resolved at the earliest to facilitate development and all-round development.
Speaking as chief guest at the inaugural of the 61st Annual Sports Meet of Zhadima Village Youth and Sports Organization at the village ground, Rio said he was hoping for an early solution, which would be of “tremendous benefit” for the people.
Rio said that following a solution there would be increase in seats for MLAs, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. He also said there were other numerous economic packages that have been put to in place. Rio stated that the elected members of the 13th Nagaland legislative Assembly had also come together and formed an opposition-less government to facilitate an early solution, which, he maintained was not possible under normal circumstances.
In this regard, Rio said that except for normal party activities, all the political parties had also resolved not to go for any sort of campaign in the past month(s). However, Rio pointed out that in the event of absence of a solution, Nagaland would also have to perform its democratic duties by going to an election by end of February or early March basing on the announcement of the dates by the Election Commission of India.