Will Nagaland assembly run without opposition? Naga People's Front may join ruling coalition to escalate Naga issue

Will Nagaland assembly run without opposition? Naga People's Front may join ruling coalition to escalate Naga issue

This will be the second time after 2015 that Nagaland can have a government without opposition. The Naga People's Front (NPF), the main opposition party in the 60-member Nagaland Assembly, has offered to join the Neiphiu Rio-led People's Democratic Alliance (PDA).

NPF general secretary Achumbemo Kikon said, “We are looking at forming a non-opposition government to take forward the Naga political issue at the earliest. All 25 MLAs of NPF will join the alliance. He said that the question of merger of parties has not arisen yet. For now, we are just joining the alliance.

In fact, after the death of a Nagaland legislator earlier this month, the 60-member Assembly currently has 59 members. At the same time, NPF has the maximum number of 21 MLAs. But now the NPF has expressed its desire to join the People's Democratic Alliance (PDA) led by Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio. NPF MLAs will join the alliance in about a week

Earlier in 2015, when the NPF was in power with TR Zeliang as the chief minister, eight Congress MLAs left the assembly opposition and joined the ruling coalition. According to government sources, a meeting was held a few months ago between Union Home Minister Amit Shah, CM Rio and Leader of the Opposition Zeliang on the Naga peace issue, in which Shah asked the parties to work together to facilitate the peace process.

Official letter handed over to Chief Minister

On the condition of anonymity, a government source said that a few days ago, the NPF handed over an official letter to the Chief Minister, stating that they want to be part of the alliance aimed at speeding up the peace process. Following which, in a statement on Tuesday, the NDPP said that they "welcome the resolution of the NPF legislature for unity" among the members of the assembly. The NDPP has also said that the BJP will be consulted before taking this matter forward. BJP's Nagaland in-charge Nalin Kohli arrived in Nagaland on Wednesday to discuss the developments.

25 MLAs in NPF in the assembly 

The ruling PDA in the 60-seat assembly has 34 members, supported by the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) with 20 MLAs, 12 by the Bharatiya Janata Party and 2 by independents. At the same time, there are 25 MLAs in NPF, while one seat is vacant after the death of one MLA.

The Center is trying to find a peaceful solution to the Assam and Mizoram border dispute, no plans for a CBI inquiry - officials informed

The Center is trying to find a peaceful solution to the Assam and Mizoram border dispute, no plans for a CBI inquiry - officials informed

The Center has no plans to have a neutral agency like the CBI probe the recent clashes along the Assam-Mizoram border , but is trying to resolve the dispute peacefully at the earliest. Two top government officials said that the central government does not want to take any such decision which will worsen the situation.

He said that the central government wants a peaceful solution to the current border dispute between Assam and Mizoram and Union Home Minister Amit Shah is in constant touch with both the Chief Ministers- Himanta Biswa Sarma (Assam) and Zoramthanga (Mizoram). Zoramthanga also tweeted, "I still hope for an amicable solution to the Assam-Mizoram tension from the Center."

He also tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Ministers of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura and Sikkim in his tweet. At the same time, the Chief Minister of Assam said in his tweet, "Our main objective is to keep the spirit of the Northeast alive. What happened on the Assam-Mizoram border is unacceptable to the people of both the states. The border dispute can be resolved only through discussion.

The clash took place on 26 July

Asked whether the probe into the July 26 clash was likely to be handed over to a neutral agency like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), both the top government officials said no decision has been taken in this regard yet. Five Assam policemen and a civilian were killed and more than 50 people were injured in the clash. Apart from this, neither state of Assam or Mizoram has made any formal request for a neutral agency to conduct an inquiry, he said.

One of these officials said, "Both the state governments are cooperating and the central government is confident that there will be no more clashes on the border." FIRs have been registered against political leaders, police and civil administration officials. Both the government officials mentioned the steps taken to reduce tension along the Assam-Mizoram border.

On July 28, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla.

The Chief Secretaries and Director Generals of Police of both the states participated in a meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on July 28 in which it was decided to deploy a neutral force (CRPF) at the conflict site. Earlier, the two chief secretaries had met in a bilateral meeting in Delhi. After this, the central government issued an advisory to both the states asking them to maintain peace on the inter-state border. Both officials said the July 26 violence was a "sporadic" incident and such incidents are unlikely to happen again in future.