KOHIMA, Feb 8 (NEPS): The BJP leadership’s promise that “Election for Solution” would not be used as a tool to dupe the Naga public, said a memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Naga civil societies and student body today.
The memorandum, however, expressed apprehension of uncertainties looming large in view of the last Session of Parliament to be concluded by the second week of February, 2019, and the Parliament Elections to be announced in a couple of weeks thereafter. Then all the hopes of the Nagas would fade into another “spell of darkness with apprehension that all these years of negotiation exercises may once again become the damp squib, it added.
It also said, “Having negotiated for years and months, there is obviously no justifiable reason for GOI to delay or fail to bring it to its logical end.” It, however, expressed the firm belief that the Prime Minister would not leave any stone unturned to work out the solution as prayed for.
The civil societies had submitted two memorandums – one to the President and the other to the Prime Minister – through the Governor of Nagaland to Secretary, Dinesh Kumar at the Raj Bhavan Kohima today. The Governor is out of station.
One to the President is with regard to the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 (CAB) and the other to the Prime Minister is for solution to the Indo-Naga political issue before the announcement of 2019 Parliamentary Elections.
Before submitting the memorandums, a mass rally had been organized today at Kohima from Old MLA Hostel Junction to the Raj Bhavan, Kohima in protest against the BJP-led NDA Government’s attempt to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 (CAB) in the ongoing Rajya Sabha Session and also demanding solution to the Indo-Naga political issue before the announcement of 2019 Parliamentary Elections.
The mass rally, organized under the banner of the Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal Immigration (JCPI) and backed by the Nagaland GB Federation (NGBF), was an attempt to prevent the Center from passing the controversial CAB in the ongoing Rajya Sabha Session and also demanding settlement to the Indo-Naga political issue before the announcement of the 2019 Parliamentary Elections.
Members of various civil societies and student body that included Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC), NGBF, All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU), Ao Senden, Dimasa Public Organization Nagaland (DPON), Indigenous Rongmei Forum (IRF), Garo Tribal Council (GTC), Dimapur Sumi Council, Lotha Hoho, Western Chekhesang Hoho, Dimapur joined the mass rally. They carried placards that were written – ‘Scrap Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Save Indigenous Citizens, We demand solution to Indo-Naga political issue before Parliamentary Election.’
The mass march reached outside the Raj Bhavan, Kohima, and from there their leaders went inside the Raj Bhavan and submitted the two memorandums – one to the President and the other to the Prime Minister – through the Governor to Dinesh Kumar, Secretary to the Governor as the Governor was out of station.
While submitting the memorandums, Theja Therie, leading the team, informed the Secretary about the Naga people’s objection to the CAB and even warned that in the event of passing the Bill in the Rajya Sabha and the Center’s attempting to impose in the State, they would not be a party to it.
He also informed the Secretary about the Center’s negligence to resolving the Indo-Naga political issue, and further explained how they waited with the hope that the Center would resolve the Naga issue after the last Assembly Elections as they promised “Election for Solution.” They demanded that the Center should resolve the Naga issue before the announcement of the 2019 Parliamentary Elections.
Later addressing a press conference here at the Hotel Ura, Therie declared that there would be a total shutdown throughout the State on February 11, 2019 (Monday) to register their protest against the Center’s attempt to pass the controversial CAB, and also urging them (Center) to resolve the Naga issue before the announcement of the 2019 Parliamentary Elections.
The memorandum to the Prime Minister also said, “Now, that NSCN (K) under the leadership of retired General Khango Konyak has joined the Working Group of NNPGs and by which all the stakeholders are duly engaged in the negotiations today.”
It further said the Naga civil organizations had unanimously endorsed the process of negotiations and had themselves fully geared-up to be vigil on any impediment that “tends to slow down the acceleration of smooth negotiations.” “Towards the same end, the legislators of the state, irrespective of political parties, have come forward in playing the role as facilitators at the juncture. Out of the ground realities, we are confident that Nagas are now ever ready to welcome and receive the outcome of the solution. It is worth adding that the very moment is the best opportunity to strike the deal when the ground is ripe,” it said.