Amit Shah to visit Manipur for Naga issue

For discussion of the Naga political issue with stakeholders, Union home minister Amit Shah to visit Manipur this month.

Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma paid a visit to Kohima two days back for a meeting with Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio as an introductory performance before Home Minister’s arrival, according to reports.

Shah assigned Sarma to study the political condition in citation of the Naga issue in Nagaland and to hold discussions with the stakeholders.

Before visiting Nagaland, Sarma told reporters in Guwahati that the Centre is working towards a final solution to the Naga issue which goes along the unique history and traditions of Naga society.

Sarma said, “I strongly feel if Naga leadership wants to sign the accord, this is the right time. I once again appeal to them that they should sign the agreement and lead Nagaland to a durable solution. The entire Northeast is looking forward to it”.

“There should be smooth sailing of the Naga issue. The Government of India has taken into confidence all the concerned northeastern states on the issue”.

To talk about the Naga issue in Manipur, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh stated that Shah wants to meet all the elected representatives and stakeholders, including civil society organisation’s  members.

Biren Singh said, “Date of Shah’s visit was yet to be finalized”.

Singh said that no compromise on the issue of Manipur’s territorial integrity will be done, in reference to the conversations between the Central government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM).

Stating strongly, “Our government’s position is very transparent. We have conveyed our position to the Central government earlier on many occasions that we stand opposed to any compromise on Manipur’s territorial interests”.

Population of Nagas is in a large number in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh with majority of them in Nagaland. NSCN-IM led by its chief negotiator Thuingaleng Muivah

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief negotiator of NSCN-IM, Thuingaleng Muivah had recently pressed requirements for the involvement of the Prime Minister in the talks for quicker resolution of the demands, demanding that the negotiations be held in a “third country”.

While dealing with the Naga question, Muivah also stressed on what he called the “obnoxious” behaviour of the officials of the Union home ministry.