PM vows to consult northeast states before finalising Naga accord

  • HT C orrespondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 09, 2015 00:44 IST

Amidst a raging verbal duel between the BJP and Congress over Naga peace accord, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is learnt to have assured Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh that all Northeastern states would be consulted before finalising the agreement.

A similar assurance was given to Nagaland chief minister TR Zeliang, sources claimed. Zeliang said the accord signed with NSCN(IM) on August 3, 2015, is just a framework for final settlement.

He said consultations on the accord had been going on for the last two months during which civil society and local groups were consulted.

Zeliang heads Nagaland Peoples Front (NFP), an ally of NDA, while Manipur is ruled by the Congress.

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi, had on Friday accused the Modi government of not consulting its chief ministers
in Northeast before the signing the peace accord. A day later, the BJP hit back at the Congress leadership saying its stand “augurs badly” for the country.

Accusing the Congress of muffling the voice of its CM, who had earlier supported the accord, commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman said before criticising the Modi government, Mrs Gandhi must not forget the 1975 Shillong accord, which was signed by the then PM Indira Gandhi.

Sitharaman claimed the PM held detailed discussions with the CM, the Speaker and members of Nagaland assembly besides also working in close coordination with home minister Rajnath Singh on the pact.

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