RN Ravi to take over as Nagaland governor

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HT Correspondent

DIMAPUR, July 23: Nagaland’s governor designate RN Ravi will to take oath of office on August 1, sources said on Tuesday. Ravi will arrive in the state capital Kohima either on July 30 or July 31, sources said.

Outgoing governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya’s tenure ended on July 18. Sources said a state farewell will be accorded to Acharya in Kohima on July 25. The outgoing octogenarian governor will be leaving the state by the end of this week. However, he is expected to hold charge till Ravi arrives and is sworn in.

Mixed speculations continue to surround the appointment of Ravi, who has been the Centre’s interlocutor for Naga peace talks since August 2014, as governor of the state on July 20. His appointment came as a surprise to many Nagas in Nagaland, particularly the Naga political groups.

While some believe that the Naga political problem will be resolved soon with his appointment as the governor of the state, some others feel the solution to the Naga issue will be delayed once a new interlocutor is appointed.

Ravi signed the framework agreement with the NSCN (I-M), the group spearheading the Naga peace talks, on August 3, 2015 on behalf of the Centre and another agreement with the working committee of six Naga national political groups on November 17, 2017.

The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) on Tuesday welcomed the appointment of Ravi as the new governor of the state. The council, in a release, said Ravi has been the Central government’s interlocutor for the Indo-Naga talks for a considerable number of years and has wide ranging knowledge on the Naga people’s issue and the Naga political history.

While congratulating Ravi on his appointment, the council hoped that his new role as the governor of Nagaland would usher in a ray of hope to strengthen the dialogue between the Centre and the Naga political groups in finding an honourable and acceptable solution to the protracted Naga political problems at the earliest.

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