A 20-member delegation of Joint Legislators Forum (JLF) headed by Speaker Kiyaneilie Peseyie have left for New Delhi Sunday and slated to meet central leaders including opposition leader in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj in Delhi at the invitation of Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.
According to chief minister Neiphiu Rio the visit would be JLF’s “last combined effort”. The JLF delegation led by speaker Kiyanilie Peseyie included chief minister Neiphiu Rio and opposition leader Tokheho Yepthomi. JLF is to meet Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Government of India’s Interlocutor R.S. Pandey.
Chief minister Neiphiu Rio while interacting with media at Dimapur airport lounge, said the trip could be the “last combined effort” of JLF in urging the government of India to expedite the Naga political dialogue process so that an honourable settlement was arrived at.
The chief minister admitted that it was “very difficult” for all the JLF members to “come together and meet” though individually members could continue to meet with central leaders.
Rio said JLF members would seek to know from the government of India what were under consideration for a lasting political solution apart from ascertaining the progress and status of the peace process.
He expressed the hope that the government of India would be in the position to “enlighten” and brief the visiting JLF members who would be doing the listening. He also said JLF members would share their views if central leaders wanted.
Rio said home minister Shinde had requested JLF to come in a “smaller” group to discuss the Naga political talks “in detail”. JLF may also meet the prime minister he said.
Rio also said that though Shinde could be aware of the ongoing political process, he needed more “briefings and elaborate discussions”.
He however pointed out that the Prime Minister was “very clear” about the talks as he has been dealing with the issue for a long time. Rio also said that “some paper works” were yet to be completed by ministries.
When asked about the reports of a solution by March 2013 as stated by the Union home minister in sections of the media, the chief minister declined to comment. He said JLF would comment only after discussions with Shinde.
He pointed out that if solution was arrived by March, JLF would want to know on what basis the proposed solution was to be thrashed out in view of general election scheduled during the same period.
He asserted that if the poll schedule was announced by the Election Commission of India by January, the process has to be kept rolling.
“Government of India should tell the people what they are thinking… the wish and desire of the sixty members is to find a solution before any general election” asserted Rio adding JLF was now awaiting the “wisdom of the central government”. -NPN