People’s Democratic Alliance on RN Ravi’s assurance
DIMAPUR | Aug 9
The ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) has expressed its appreciation on Friday to Governor of Nagaland R.N. Ravi for declaring that Article 371 (A) is a “solemn and sacred commitment” to the people of Nagaland and that the Government of India is “earnestly working to happily conclude the ongoing political process which is at a very advanced stage”.
The PDA is the alliance that is running the State government of Nagaland currently.
The PDA, in a statement, also expressed appreciation to the Government of India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and to Union Home Minister Amit Shah for declaring on the “Floor of the Lok Sabha on August 6, 2019” that the special provisions enshrined in Article 371(A) of the Constitution of India will not be touched. “This gives us greater hope that the peace talks and negotiations for an early, honourable and acceptable solution are in the right direction for which the PDA will extend full cooperation towards realizing the long-felt aspirations of the people,” the statement of the PDA said.
The statement of the PDA came two days after the Nagaland Legislative Assembly’s constituted Joint Legislators’ Forum (JLF) on Naga political issue, by way of adopting resolutions on Naga political issue, had expressed hope that the appointment of RN Ravi as the government of Nagaland will further strengthen and expedite the political negotiations, which will pave the way for an early solution to the “protracted Naga political issue”.
The JLF took several resolutions on August 7 along with both Members of Parliament (MPs) representing Nagaland State in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, in the conference hall of Nagaland Legislative Assembly in Kohima.
The Joint Legislators’ Forum then appealed to all sections of the people, especially the “tribal Hohos” and the mass based civil society organisations to come forward under a spirit of unity and oneness so that all sections work collectively towards creating and maintaining a congenial atmosphere and a conducive environment for implementation of “any new political arrangement that may come about from the ongoing negotiations”.
The meeting which was held under the chairmanship of Vikho-o Yhoshu, Speaker, Nagaland Legislative Assembly and chairman of the Joint Legislators’ Forum then said that, “as negotiations have been going on for the last 22 years, the Joint Legislators’ Forum sincerely appeals to all the negotiating parties with the Government of India to come together, sit across the negotiating table and rise above all differences and to unite for the sake of our people”. On that day, the JLF had also made “this fervent appeal so that the political dialogue is expedited for an early, honourable and acceptable solution”.
The Joint Legislators’ Forum had also adopted another resolution on August 7 that, “it will continue to play the role of an active facilitator to the ongoing peace process and will continue to meet all stakeholders including the leaders of the government of India to create better understanding in order to cultivate a common voice aimed at bringing early solution”.
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