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bjp: Nagaland Dy CM and education minister trying to resolve issues with peace accord: BJP president JP Nadda

The BJP’s national president, JP Nadda, said on Thursday that the Naga peace accord was negotiated in 2015 and that there are certain issues that Deputy Prime Minister Patton and Higher Education Minister Temjen Imna Along Longkumer are trying to solve.

Addressing a meeting at Old Riphyim in Wokha district, Nadda said: “As we agreed in Tripura in 2019, Bodo Agreement in 2020 and KarbiAnglong in 2022, we will do the Naga peace process.”

NSCN-IM and the government of India signed a framework agreement in 2015. The state election polls are scheduled for March next year.

A two-day session of the Nagaland Assembly was to be held on September 20 and 22, and a resolution was expected to be passed in the house urging the central government to resolve the political issue of Naga. The meeting’s business advisory committee finalized the planning of the house in its meeting.

Center has asked the delegation from Nagaland to persuade NSCN-IM to solve the remaining core issues that are delaying the Naga peace process. A team of 11 members of the panel, including Prime Minister N Rio, met with Union Home Secretary Amit Shah on Monday to push for a solution to the decades-old issue. BJP had declared “Election for Solution” prior to the 2018 election polls. The state will hold parliamentary elections early next year.

Rio tweeted “Meet the Hon’ble @HMOIndia Shri @AmitShah with the Parliamentary Core Committee to discuss the political issue of Naga. We have once again urged the Indonesian government to expedite the lengthy negotiations on this issue and for a swift and honorable solution.”

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“We want the solution before the elections. Our wish has been conveyed to the Government of India and we are grateful to our Home Secretary for giving us the time to express our views,” said Neiba Kronu, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs.

The then interlocutor of the Center for Political Talks in Naga, RN Ravi, stated in the February 2021 state meeting that the official talks were concluded by October 31, 2019. However, the NSCN (IM) denied this, insisting that the flag of Naga and Yehzabo are inalienable to the “unique Naga history.”

Facilitated by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR), the leaders of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) and the Working Committee of National Naga Political Groups (NNPG) met on Wednesday.

NNPG, a conglomerate of several groups, and NSCN-IM are not on the same page about political solutions to decades-old Naga political problems and were engaged in a bitter battle of words.

Nadda said, “Northeast India is peaceful, prosperous and free from insurgency led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi has visited the region more than 50 times. He believes that without the development of Northeast India cannot develop”.

He added: “For the development of Northeast India, Modi came up with the Look East policy. We are trying to resolve the Assam-Meghalaya border dispute.”

He added that there will be a medical college in Mon district with an investment of Rs 350 Crore, he said, “Nagaland has been fighting for national aspiration. Naga people have been fighting for the protection of culture and history.”

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Nadda said that as a Result of the COVID-19 pandemic, western countries collapsed while India managed to resist and grow over the period. “We have developed two vaccines. We made sure Indians stranded in Afghanistan were brought home safely during the war between Russia and Ukraine, we brought back Indian students.”

The BJP president said that while other countries are witnessing a slowdown, India has managed to maintain its pace.

The BJP and NDPP had finalized the seat-sharing deal to run in Nagaland’s 60-member parliamentary elections early next year.

The NDPP will compete for 40 seats and the BJP for 20 seats in next year’s polls. The NDPP-BJP Alliance in Nagaland was established in 2018. In 2018, the NDPP participated with 40 seats and the BJP with 20 seats.

Nadda meets with church leaders in Kohima on Friday.

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