Kohima / Guwahati, Sep 21 (IANS) Hours after meeting Interior Minister Amit Shah in Delhi, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma rushed to Dimapur on Tuesday and met leaders of the NSCN (IM), its Nagaland counterpart Neiphiu Rio, leaders of various political parties, Naga groups and senior government officials to advance the hotly debated Naga peace talks.
Officials said Sarma, who is also the leader of the pro-BJP front of the Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA), held meetings with the former special director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the representative of the central government AK Mishra and the general secretary of Isak. – The Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim, Thuingaleng Muivah.
After this important meeting, the Chief Minister of Assam tweeted: “Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and HM Shri Amit Shah are committed to ensuring lasting peace in the northeast. At Dimapur today, we had discussions with representatives of the NSCN (IM) in the presence of Nagaland CM Shri Neiphiu Rio about the ongoing peace talks with the GoI. “
“We all hope that the ongoing peace talks will soon lead to concrete results. I also discussed the political scenario in Nagaland with the CM (Rio) as well as the upcoming elections to the Nagaland Assembly and the role of the NEDA in this one, ”Sarma said in another tweet. .
For the first time in the Naga peace talks, the Chief Minister of Assam was involved in the talks.
The opposition Congress on Tuesday raised questions about the involvement of Assam’s chief minister in the Naga peace talks and said state interests could be compromised in the long run.
Requiring the publication of the Naga Framework Agreement (NFA), signed between the Indian government and the NSCN-IM in 2015, the President of the Congress of Assam, Bhupen Kumar Borah, asked the Center to make public at what capacity the CM of Assam is involved in the peace talks. in Nagaland.
“As Chief Minister of Assam, can he (Sarma) hold talks with the NSCN (IM) without discussions in the State Assembly and without handing over the Cabinet? areas dominated by the Naga of neighboring states) and as far as we know, it is believed to include parts of Assam. Congress is committed to keeping its state intact and under no circumstances will it allow any part of its land in Greater Nagalim, ”the Congressman of Assam told media.
The central government separately held peace talks with the NSCN-IM and eight other formations, which met a few years ago under the banner of the NNPG. The NSCN-IM and the other formations had reached a ceasefire agreement with the Indian government in 1997.
After more than a year, crucial meetings between the Indian government envoy and Naga insurgent groups began in Kohima on Monday to settle the long-standing Naga political issue, involving various bodies, including the NSCN (IM).
Officials in Kohima said central government official AK Mishra and the NSCN (IM) leadership led by Thuingaleng Muivah held a meeting at the Chumoukedima police compound on Monday.
Mishra and other NSCN-IM leaders have remained tight-lipped on details of discussions at Monday’s crucial meeting, which first took place after the Union government transferred the governor on September 9. from Nagaland Ravindra Narayan Ravi to Tamil Nadu.
Ravi has been the Centre’s interlocutor in the Naga peace talks for many years.
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