BJP ally NDPP in shock after Center notifies AFSPA extension in Nagaland

Neiphiu Rio

The ruling NDPP which is also an ally of the BJP is in shock as the Center notifies the extension of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Nagaland. The NDPP patriarch and CM Neiphiu Rio has demanded to nullify and revoke the notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs that extended the AFSPA. 

The ruling National Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and the Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio, on Friday, demanded to revoke the notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that extended the AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) in the entire state of Nagaland till June 30, 2022. The demanded by the ruling dispensation, all political parties and Naga Civil Society Organisations (CSO) strongly demanded and agitated to repeal the AFSPA Act after 14 civilians were killed by security forces in the Mon District. 

The Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio, the Chief Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Leader of the NPF Legislature Party, and Deputy Chief Minister of Nagaland Y Patton had met the Union Home Minister Amit Shah on December 23 and Neiphiu Rio, after the latest development said that such notification by the MHA only belittles the high-level meeting. The statement by NDPP reads out “Nagaland has been undergoing positive growth in tourism and service sectors and it has emerged as a popular destination. But with the unnecessary extension of disturbed areas and the imposition of AFSPA, our efforts towards economic growth and integration with the mainstream will only be negatively impacted.”

The statement by the ruling NDPP further reads out “The notification comes at a time when the people of Nagaland are confidently under the impression that with the setting up of the high-powered committee by the MHA to seriously examine and consider the repeal of AFSPA and removal of the disturbed area coverage, no order or notification would be issued till the report of the committee is final.”

The Nagaland Assembly, in its special session on December 20 unanimously passed a resolution demanding the Centre to repeal the AFSPA from the entire northeast region, and specifically from Nagaland, so as to strengthen the ongoing efforts to find a peaceful political settlement to the Naga political issue.

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