Mokokchung, 27 February (MTNews): The Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO) has issued clarifications regarding the Memorandum of Settlement (MOS) draft proposal amidst confusion surrounding statements made by Chief Minister Rio and the sequence of events involving the Union Home Minister (UHM) and the State Government.

The ENPO clarified that the ENPO delegation, in a meeting held on 7 December 2023 at the new Parliament House in New Delhi, chaired by the UHM, was assured by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that the issue regarding the MoS was in its final stage and expressed a firm commitment to resolve the matter before the election model code of conduct comes into effect.

Furthermore, it was conveyed that the delegations were informed that UHM had invited Chief Minister to brief and hand over the draft MoS for FNT and will ask State Government’s response and views, if there is any, within stipulated time.

According to ENPO, they were informed that after the State Government’s response, the MHA will hand over the draft MoS to ENPO. Further, the delegations were informed that after this, MHA will invite State Government and ENPO before 25 December to discuss and fix the date for signing the MoS before Election Model Code of Conduct comes into effect.

Contrary to the date mentioned by the Chief Minister, the ENPO clarified that the meeting in question took place on 14 February 2024 during a Joint Co-ordination Meeting of ENLU, ENPO and Frontal Organizations convened by the Eastern Nagaland Gazetted Officers’ Association (ENGOA) at Tourist Lodge Dimapur.

During this meeting, ENPO members were informed that, “there is a warning, not to show or share this draft to ENPO” and therefore, the ENPO believes that this contradicts with the CM’s statement that, “the draft proposal of Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) is from the Home Ministry and was handed to him by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss with the elected members and Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO).”

The ENPO further added that during the meeting the ENPO clearly stood by the commitment and assurance given by MHA on 7 December 2023, and reiterated that until and unless an official copy from MHA is received as assured, they can neither reject nor accept the draft MoS brought by ENLU which, according to them, was agreed by the house “not to discuss in the meeting.”

And, therefore, the ENPO questioned the Chief Minister’s statement where he said, “All the members present in the meeting have rejected unanimously and also lifted their hands.”

The ENPO said that the particular draft which is “reported to have brought by our Hon’ble Chief Minister had created confusions and misunderstanding” as there was no official communication or indication from MHA that the draft MoS will be handed over to ENPO through the State Government.

“But ENPO was only awaiting a copy of draft MoS as assured to us on 7th December 2023 that after the State Government’s response MHA will invite ENPO and hand over the draft,” the ENPO added.

Furthermore, the ENPO clarified its stance on the demand for a separate state, stating that while it initially sought a full-fledged separate state for socio-economic development, it had reconsidered this demand in response to appeals from the Centre, the State Government, and various Tribal Bodies. Instead, the ENPO indicated its willingness to consider the proposed Frontier Nagaland Territory (FNT) arrangement under the State of Nagaland.

As such, with the understanding and to keep away from any disharmony in the future, the ENPO clarified that it does not perceive any division within the family with the granting of the proposed FNT by the Centre.

“Rather, the people of the region would progress socially and economically, and become equal contributors to the prosperity of our state and pursue all common issues jointly,” it added.

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