After the much hyped “settlement” stories pertaining to the Naga political issue coming in from New Delhi, NSCN-IM chairman Isak Chsi Swu and the outfit’s general secretary are arriving in Nagaland on Thursday for what they call “home consultations.”
“We have reached a crucial and a very sensitive stage and consultations have become a necessity,” a well placed source from the NSCN-IM disclosed.
It is not certain whether the NSCN-IM leaders will meet other Naga militant outfits during their stay in Nagaland this time.
This leg of the two NSCN-IM leaders’ home-bound visit is significant in the light of the recent statement of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde who had stated that the settlement pertaining to Naga political issue would be brought about by March next year, the time before the next Assembly election of Nagaland.
The concerted efforts of the 60 MLAs of Nagaland make the ambience more euphoric and feverish for the Nagas who have been eagerly waiting to see that the Naga political issue is settled for once and all.
More urgent is the comment of none other than Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio who had just stated prior to the Joint Legislature Forum (JLF)’s departure for New Delhi. “If this opportunity is missed, I don’t know whether such opportunity will come back to our people during our lifetime,” was what Rio had said.
Meanwhile, elaborate arrangements have been made at Camp Hebron, off Dimapur (the NSCN-IM’s headquarters) by the NSCN-IM. Security perspective both by the government and the outfit has also been reviewed, according to reports received.
Since Isak Swu and Th. Muivah are classed in the Z-Category (Security) by the government of India, every time the two leaders arrive in Nagaland, security is beefed up. NNN/MEX