Assam’s ruling PDA to support integration of Naga

GUWAHATI: Ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) coalition government which includes BJP has resolved to support the integration of all contiguous Naga inhabited areas.

Integration of Naga inhabited areas of Northeast is core demand of NSCN-IM which is having peace parleys with Government of India.

The resolution, signed by chief minister, Neiphiu Rio ( Nationalist Democratic People’s Party), deputy CM, Y. Patton (BJP), minister Kaito Aye (JD-U); minister Tongpang Ozukum (Ind) and advisor Imnatiba (National People’s Party) was adopted at a joint meeting of elected members of the PDA government and members of the PDA coordination committee held in Kohima on Saturday.

PDA has appealed to neighbouring States to appreciate the history and democratic rights of the Nagas with a spirit of mutual respect so as to live as good neighbours and under an environment of harmonious coexistence and brotherhood.

The PDA coalition has also resolved to continue playing the role of an “active facilitator” in the ongoing political negotiations between the government of India and the Naga national political groups.

There was violent protest in Manipur in 2001 when government extended cease fire agreement signed between the Government of India and NSCN-IM beyond Nagaland in 2001.

Greater Nagalim stipulates integration of Naga inhabited areas of Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar.

Senior NSCN-IM leader Rh. Raising said that the sovereignty of the Nagas has never been compromised, and NSCN-IM will never betray the people’s trust and aspiration.

NSCN held a Consultative Meeting with the Nagaland Gaon Buras Federation (NGBF). Raising said, “ The NSCN survive the harsh attempt of the adversaries to annihilate the Naga political movement because our movement is a principle and issue based backed by the Gaon Buras besides the benevolent Almighty’s will.”

Anthony Shimray, Political Commissar to the Collective Leadership of NSCN-IM said it is the fundamental rights of the Nagas to protect and secure the land. He further said that Nagalim does not belong to the Nagas, but to God, and the Nagas are the caretakers of the land.

Source: Economic Times