Says, sovereignty is not part of discussions with NSCN(IM)
Dimapur, January 11: Ahead of the Assembly polls likely next month, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, the BJP's election in charge for Nagaland, said that the government does not want to link talks with the NSCN(IM) to the elections.
In an interview with The Hindu, the Minister of state for Home said that the election in Nagaland is special and challenging as talks are going on between the NSCN (IM) and interlocutor, R N Ravi.
"While talks are going on, many people expect it to conclude fast and the election process to start thereafter. We don't want to link the talks with elections. Elections are a democratic process," he said.
He said there is an NDA government in Nagaland, where BJP is only a minor party. The Naga People's Front (NPF) also got into trouble because of internal conflicts and divisions. Even though Chief Ministers changed, the NDA government remained there, he stated.
On queries about seat adjustment, Rijiju said that they have not started the talks on seat adjustment, but would definitely have a bigger share this time.
An NDA government is absolutely necessary in Nagaland because the Congress that ruled the State for so long has failed miserably, he added.
"The Naga people are aspiring for peace, and peace is possible only if we go with the plan adopted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who, within five months of assuming power, had signed a framework agreement with the NSCN-IM. Of course, not every section of society and underground groups are endorsing the talks, but since it has been going on for long with the NSCN-IM, we cannot break it and have to continue with it," he said.
The MoS further said, "In the framework agreement we have made one thing clear -that sovereignty which the Naga rebels were asking for, will not be granted nor is it part of the discussions. The talks will be within the framework of the Indian Constitution. The BJP coming to power with a bigger share of seats in Nagaland is necessary for peace and economic development."
On the status of talks on the Naga Accord, Rijiju said they cannot disclose the status as the talks are going on.
On the Framework Agreement, he said the process has been simplified which is good, but sometimes, the whole issue would focus on one point.
"As we say, the rope is as strong as the weakest point. So while the talks are going on, it may get stuck on one point; its not like everything is over and just one point is remaining, and that it would be a small task. That is not necessarily so," he stated.
(Page News Service)