Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal sought to allay fears over the Centre’s 2015 Framework Agreement with the rebel outfit National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah), saying that the government is committed to protecting the territorial integrity of the state.
Participating in a land patta distribution programme at Sonari in Charaideo district on Saturday, Sonowal said, ‘There is no reason for worry on account of Nagalim. Assam’s territorial integrity will be protected at all cost. Under no circumstances are we are to give our land to Nagaland. Our land is protected. People should not fear,’ Sonowal said.
The CM’s statement came in the backdrop of growing apprehension among the public that the State may be compelled to part with its territory following the Framework Agreement signed between the Centre and the NSCN (IM) on August 3, 2015. Since the Centre has not yet disclosed the clauses of the agreement, there has been growing apprehensions among the people at large.
The NSCN (I-M)’s core demand has been the creation of Nagalim or Greater Nagaland comprising the Naga-inhabited areas of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. The three states have, however, strongly opposed any move to alter their boundaries.