Naga solution within one or two months: Acharya

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HT Correspondent

Dimapur, Sept 19: Nagaland Governor PB Acharya is hopeful that the solution to the Naga political issue should come within two to three months. He said this in reply to a query by reporters whether the solution to the Naga political issue would come before the coming Nagaland Assembly election due early next year.

Everybody was hoping that solution would come very soon, he said. “I am also hoping that solution would come soon,” he added.

Observing that trust deficit among the political parties in Nagaland has greatly affected the ongoing Naga peace process, the Governor called upon Naga civil societies and organisations to come forward for solution to the Naga political issue.

The Governor was addressing a press conference at Raj Bhavan conference hall in Kohima on Monday evening.

According to a news agency report, the Governor said talks between the Government of India and NSCN-IM were going on and initiatives to start political talks with other Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) were also on. This was a positive development, he stated.

The Governor, however, regretted the kind of politics that had been going on in the state and also the trust deficit among the political parties and groups in the state. He said this unwanted development had affected the Naga peace process and appealed all to come forward and strengthen the process for an early solution.

On the issue of appointment of parliamentary secretaries and advisors in the states, the Governor said he was consulting with constitutional luminaries as to how he would act on it.

He admitted that he had received representation from Nagaland Tribes’ Council (NTC) with regard to the Supreme Court judgement against the appointment of the parliamentary secretaries and advisers in the states.

The SC judgement said the appointment of parliamentary secretaries and advisers was unconstitutional. Currently, Nagaland has 26 parliamentary secretaries and 9 advisers. In this regard, NTC had submitted a representation to the Governor along with the SC judgement saying the appointment of parliamentary secretaries and advisers is ‘unconstitutional’ and asking him to act on it.

Asked whether he would act on the SC judgement with regard to the appointment of parliamentary secretaries and advisers in the state, the Governor replied that he was consulting with the constitutional luminaries as to how he would act on it. He also disclosed that Mizoram and Meghalaya had already acted on the SC judgement.

The Governor said he has to honour the Court judgement but was awaiting the outcome of his consultation with constitutional luminaries on it.

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