Kohima, Jan. 4: The Nagaland Congress, with an eye to the upcoming Assembly elections, has said if it is elected to power, it would implore upon the Union government and Naga militant groups to expedite the peace talks.
According to a resolution adopted after the joint meeting of the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee and legislators here today, the party said its utmost priority would be to ask the Centre and the outfits to find a solution.
“The utmost priority of the PCC if we return to power is to implore the Government of India and the various Naga groups to expedite the peace talks and bring it to a logical conclusion, which will be honourable and acceptable to all sections of society,” the resolution signed by Nillo Rengma, vice-president of the state Congress, said.
The meeting also endorsed the resolution adopted on November 10 last year, which decided that the present Congress members of the Legislative Assembly would resign provided other members are prepared to resign according to the resolution passed by the Joint Legislators’ Forum, in order to pave the way for an accelerated conclusion to the ongoing political dialogue.
The meeting also reaffirmed faith in the leadership of PCC chief S.I. Jamir and Congress Legislature Party leader Tokheho Yepthomi.
“If the Assembly polls are held as scheduled, the state Congress will fight the elections under the present leadership without any ambiguity,” the resolution said.
The Assembly election is scheduled in the first week of March, according to sources in Election Commission. The members of the commission who are in Nagaland, today said the polls would be held according to schedule. But parties have urged the commission that solution to the Naga problem should be hammered out first.
The Joint Legislators’ Forum consisting of 60 members would meet on January 8 to discuss the Naga political issue.
Sources said the cabinet and steering committee of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) would also convene an emergency meeting shortly to discuss the impending Naga solution before outfit chairman Isak Chishi Swu and general secretary Thiungaleng Muivah leave for New Delhi for the next round of Indo-Naga political dialogue.