Nagaland Congress urges all legislators to resign, 'paving way for a political solution to Naga talks'

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Kohima, Jul 18 (PTI) The Nagaland Congress has urged all 60 legislators of the State Assembly to resign, to pave the way for a political solution to the long running Naga insurgency.

The appeal made through a release issued here on Sunday was based on a decision taken by the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) at its meeting at Congress Bhavan, Kohima on July 16.

After much discussions and deliberations on the current political situation in the state and disturbances on Assam-Nagaland border, the PAC unanimously passed a three point resolution the release said.

The NPCC 'urged all 60 legislators to resign and pave way for urgent implementation of political solution, as there is nothing more to talk according to Government of Indias Interlocutor, who is also the Governor of Nagaland'.

The advice came after the Nagaland Legislative Assembly recently set up a core committee on the Naga political issue.

Governor R N Ravi had on different occasions, including in the State Assembly, said that the Naga political negotiations between the Centre and the Naga political groups have been successfully concluded and there is now a need to move swiftly for the final solution.

'Their resignation will only demonstrate their sincerity towards implementation of a political solution,' the NPCC release said.

Earlier this month, the Core Committee had 'appealed to the negotiating Parties of the Indo-Naga Political dialogue to resume the Peace talks, setting aside pre-conditions'.

The NPCC also cautioned Assam Government against passing The Assam Cattle Preservation Bill, 2021 saying that it would create more trouble for neighbouring hill states.

Many fear that transportation of beef, an important source of protein in tribal societies, will come to a standstill because of the legislation which makes illegal cattle slaughter in many parts of Assam and imposes restrictions on transportation of cattle.

On the Assam-Nagaland border issue, the NPCC blamed Assam for provocative steps such as deploying armed police personnel in disputed areas but also held the Nagaland state government responsible 'for its timid response.' Since the Assam-Nagaland border matter is still pending before the Supreme Court, the Assam government must withdraw its armed police personnel from newly occupied positions, it said.


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