How did the ruling party and the opposition in Nagaland suddenly come together?

By Bhadra chandran

In the northeastern state of Nagaland, the opposition joins the ruling party. Local problems are the reason for the formation of an all-party government. The main opposition party, the Naga Popular Front (NPF), is likely to join the ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA), various media outlets have reported. The chief minister, Nephiu Rio, had called for a change in policy in Nagaland and for the parties to come together to resolve decades-long clashes between the central government and various Naga organizations. The decision was made at a meeting of the NPF on Monday night. The NPF, which has 25 MLAs, will soon join the PDA, according to various media reports. ‘The only reason behind this important decision is the Naga political issue. We want to negotiate as soon as possible and make a decision that is acceptable to all citizens of the state, ”said NPF Secretary General Achumpemo Kikon. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), an ally of the PDA government, has yet to comment on the decision. The PDA is made up of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) with 20 MLAs and the BJP with 12 MLAs, led by the Chief Minister of Nagaland. Therefore, the position of the BJP is crucial. This is not the first time in Nagaland that the opposition and the ruling party have come together. In 2015, eight MLAs from Congress joined the NPF, led by then-Chief Minister and current Opposition Leader TR Selangor. Nagaland formed a “Parliamentary Committee” to hold peace talks between the Central Government and various Naga organizations. The committee consisted of 60 members of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly and two members of the state parliament. The convener of the committee was Chief Minister Nephiu Rio. Chief Deputy Minister Patton and opposition leader Celiang were co-organizers. The NSCN-IM factions in Nagaland and other organizations have been holding peace talks with the Center for the past few years. Since the signing of the ceasefire agreement 24 years ago, NSCN-IM has held around 80 rounds of talks with the central government. On August 3, 2015, the Central Government signed the Naga Peace Agreement. The main requirements for Nagaland are a separate flag and constitution. But the central government has not accepted the demand for a separate flag and constitution for the NSCN-IM factions. Meanwhile, the naga separatist group NSCN-IM has told the government that peace will not be possible without recognizing their demand. Meanwhile, central government sources said the Naga armed groups, known as the Naga National Political Group (NNPG), were ready for peace without a separate flag and constitution and could sign the agreement. ****

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