Public Rally on the unresolved Naga political issue

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Thousands of Nagas were seen at the rally in Nagaland’s commercial hub Dimapur on Friday demanding a speedy settlement to the decades old Naga political issue under the banner of Nagaland People’s Action Committee (NPAC).

The NPAC sent a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding early solutions to the “Naga political issue without further delay” after the massive rally where thousands of men and women participated holding banners in Nagaland’s commercial hub Dimapur.

The memorandum which sent through Nagaland Governor Jagdish Mukhi was signed by six senior NPAC leaders. It stated in the memorandum that Naga people are in the 25th year of the political negotiations between the government of India and the Naga negotiators, which began in 1997, and the unending political process has adversely affected the lives of each individual and family in the state.

Public openly highlighted in the rally that the unresolved political issue has heralded in an unimaginable cycle of corruption at all levels, crippling public healthcare, education and overall infrastructure developments, which are in shambles for obvious reasons to say the least.

“The unresolved Naga issue has produced countless scoundrels and thieves and in the name of political issues, threats and intimidations have stifled the growth of a perceived Naga society, which you (PM) assured would be a vibrant one,” the memorandum read.

Various Naga organisations and civil society groups either participated or supported the much publicised rally. The NPAC said that in 2018, when the civil societies and all political parties, including the BJP, unequivocally demanded for solution before elections, the BJP breached the trust of the people and filed nominations with the slogan “Election for Solution”, against the will and wishes of the people which is still fresh in their memory.

All the political parties and the state government are keen to resolve the Naga issue before the Assembly polls. The next Assembly elections in Nagaland is expected to be held in February next year.

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