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No pressure on CM on Indo-Naga peace process

IMPHAL, January 11: Amidst speculation for a solution to the Indo-Naga peace process before the conduct of the general elections in Nagaland and with the Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde calling in state Chief Minister for talks, there has been no pressure from the Centre on the matter.

According to a reliable source, state Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh had flown into the national capital yesterday evening after a call from the Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde. The Chief Minister has met with the Union Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde today. The source also informed that CM met the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at her 10 Janpath residence this morning around 11am.

It is learnt that the CM reiterated the Manipur government’s stand on any solution regarding the Indo-NSCN (IM) peace talk to the UPA chairperson. During the meet which was also attended by the Union Home Minister, the Chief Minister had said that the Manipur Government will act according to the desire and wish of the people of Manipur on any demands from the Centre regarding any solution to the Indo-Naga peace process, the source said.

It also said that even though the Union Home Minister who had listened to the Chief Minister failed to pressurize the CM with any condition since there is a likelihood of more meetings.

It may be mentioned that six political parties of Nagaland had demanded a solution to the Indo-Naga talks before the conduct of the state Assembly Election, however a Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee team led by its president SC Jamir had arrived in Manipur appealing to the Manipur Chief Minister and the MPCC president Gaikhangam to provide all possible help to the Naga peace process.



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