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Centre will never give separate constitution, flag: Nagaland Minister

Addressing the Nagaland Assembly on Tuesday Imna Along, who is also the President of Nagaland BJP, said “if the talks are completed, then tell us what is the problem, how is it going, adding that negotiations have gone for so many years.

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Kohima: Nagaland Minister for Higher Education and Tribal Affairs Temjen Imna Along has said the Centre will never give a separate constitution and flag and people should come to an understanding to live in peace and prosperity, witness good governance and also grow together with the nations of the world.

Addressing the Nagaland Assembly on Tuesday Imna Along, who is also the President of Nagaland BJP, said “if the talks are completed, then tell us what is the problem, how is it going, adding that negotiations have gone for so many years.

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“It is enough and guns have to be laid down, it is time that our people live in prosperity, it is time that the aspirations of the young men and women of the Nagas have to be fulfilled.”

He also pointed out the significance and importance of the MLAs coming together in forming an all-party Government for the Naga political issue.

He regretted that people are afraid to speak the truth and civil societies are divided because of the need to please one or the other group for fear of being challenged.

He stressed the need to come to an understanding and arrive at a common ground to ‘agree and settle for the sake of the people.’ He said that the Centre is also under the Constitution and flag of India and cannot go beyond that and give a separate Constitution and flag.

Imna Along pointed out that the Centre is ‘not going to agree’ and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the presence of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had also stated that it ‘will not be possible.’

He asked whether the members of the Assembly wanted to continue to be facilitators of the Naga peace talks. He maintained that the MLAs have taken oath under the Constitution of India to represent the aspirations of the people. 

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