DIMAPUR: The Naga People’s Front (NPF) said on Wednesday the party will make best efforts for the early settlement of the Naga political issue.
“Nevertheless, the Legislature Wing of the Naga People’s Front (NPF) has withdrawn its membership from the Joint Legislature Forum (JLF)”, constituted by the Nagaland Legislative Assembly) , “the party will work and give its best effort in assisting for an early and acceptable resolution of the Indo-Naga political issue,” the NPF said in a statement.
The NPF being a responsible Political Party has played an active facilitator role since the inception of the party for the resolution of the Naga political issue and will continue to work with the same spirit so as to fulfill the aspiration of the Naga people.
The NPF then reiterated that the party has endorsed the withdrawal of its legislators from the Joint Legislature Forum (JLF) “as the platform has failed to make any tangible progress towards the cause of the Indo-Naga political issue with the ruling PDA Government paying less heed and without any proper road map”.
It also said that, with the formation of the JLF, the NPF was expecting that the Forum would carry forward the role of an active facilitator on the ongoing peace process. “However, the present ruling Government did not have confidence with the NPF legislators and when there is a huge trust deficit in the JLF, the party has no point to remain in the Forum but to work on its own for the betterment of the Naga people”, it added.
The NPF said said its decision to pull out from the JLF maybe a shocking political development for the PDA government, but the NPF, being a responsible party and with the Naga political issue as one of its topmost priority, has a genuine reasons to withdraw from the membership and work on its own as the JLF under the present Government has no concrete plan to the Naga political issue.
“It may be mentioned that, since the formation of the JLF, the party had eagerly volunteered to be part of the JLF and with the hope to render its best service towards the Naga cause but the Government of the day has miserably failed to dispatch its responsibility and taken the opposition party for a ride,” the NPF statement also stated.
The NPF then said that, even though the party had withdrawn from the JLF, it has asserted that with the formation of Political Affairs Mission (PAM), the party will walk extra miles to assist in any possible manner on any approach for a peaceful solution of the Indo-Naga political issue.