No mention of Naga issue in NDA manifesto: Chishi

Updated on Apr 12, 2004 05:46 PM IST

Former Nagaland Chief Minister KL Chishi, who recently joined Congress, has said the Naga political problem has not been recognised by the Centre.

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Former Nagaland Chief Minister KL Chishi, who recently joined Congress, has ridiculed the ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) for making tall promises on the Naga political problem, pointing out that its mentors, BJP and NDA at the national level, did not even mention the Naga issue in their respective election manifestos.

Chishi said in a statement on Monday the tall claims of the DAN government and its common minimum programme seeking early settlement of the protracted Naga political problem had not been recognised by the Centre since no mention was made on the issue either in the BJP's Vision Document 2004 or NDA manifesto.

Chishi-led Nationalist Democratic Movement  (NDM) with a lone MLA in the state assembly last month merged with the opposition Congress and vowed to strengthen the hand of party president Sonia Gandhi in the hill state.

He said the previous Congress govt at the Centre under the leadership of PV Narasimha Rao had first recognised the Naga issue as a national problem that required political solution.

Chishi accused the Neiphiu Rio-led DAN coalition of having been installed to power in the state during the last year's assembly election by undergrounds with the hope that the alliance would "promote the struggle for sovereignty through peace and political process".

But Rio's promises and assurances had been belied by his mentors in New Delhi on the Naga issue with the NDA remaining silent over this crucial matter, Chishi said and asked the electorate to vote for Congress candidate K Asungba Sangtam so that the vexed problem could be brought to a logical and acceptable conclusion.

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