Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton has said that Nagas have to speak up boldly and that time has come for Nagas of Nagaland to unite and exclude those who were not in favour of a solution to the Naga issue.
Patton also said when the committee meets with NSCN (I-M) and WC, NNPGs delegation at Delhi, he will also call a spade, a spade. He said there was no point in talking behind or back out in fear but ask them directly whether they want a solution or not. Patton said those who don’t want a solution want to continue living comfortable life by extorting people.
He added “enough is enough”, as Naga’s political solution can no longer be delayed. Patton stressed that the Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC) should play a role in strengthening unity among Nagas to secure settlement of the Naga political issue. Patton also insisted that a solution to the Naga political issue should be arrived at before the 2023 assembly election and for which all should work towards that goal.
The two-day get together-cum-cultural programme of the CNTC was held at Tiyi Hall, Wokha from May 13 to 14 where various Central Nagaland Legislators Forum(CNLF) members ventilated their views of common interest to CNTC and Nagas in general.
As a member of the Core Committee, headed by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Patton said they will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi in a day or two. Patton said he will bluntly tell the two leaders that- if Naga’s solution cannot be achieved then impose President’s Rule.
CNLF convenor and Minister Kaito Aye has urged CNTC to send a strong message to the Centre and the negotiating groups, to secure a solution before the 2023 assembly election.