While central government appointed interlocutor R N Ravi had a fruitful meeting with the Naga groups on the framework agreement on Monday, there is considerable tension over the contents of the framework agreement of Naga Peace Accord in Assam. Speculations are rife that large chunk of lands from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur will go to Nagalim, which might be formed next year. However, the political parties and intellectuals from Assam have said that under no condition, the state will part with its land and the central government must reveal the contents of the Naga Peace Accord.
Former minister and Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) Spokesperson Pradyut Bordoloi told Eclectic Northeast, ‘The agreement was done in a very hush hush manner which is very suspicious. NSCN (IM) which is a party to the framework agreement has spoken about Nagalim and they have also circulated a map. Government should make their stand clear on this issue and release the content of the framework agreement. If the government actually goes ahead with Nagalim, there will be huge turmoil in the state.’ Incidentally, Bordoloi’s constituency Margherita is one of the place which falls in Nagalim.
Noted journalist and former spokesperson of BJP, Adip Phukan said that if Nagalim is formed, it will turn the entire Northeast region into a disturbed zone. ‘ Nagas have said that they have got what they wanted. Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said that people of Assam have no reason to worry. That means, he is well aware about the content of the agreement. He should make them public for the sake of his state. Right now, things are very convoluted for anyone to understand.
Lurin Jyoti Gogoi, General Secretary of AASU commented that while his organization sympathizes with the Naga struggle for freedom, they won’t let a single bigha of land from Assam to fall into Nagalim. ‘ Nagas have said that all the Naga inhabited areas will go to Nagalim and as per their map that include parts of Karbi Anglong, North Cachar Hills, Golaghat, Sibasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, and Jorhat. While we respect their struggle, it is not possible for us to part with our land. Our map and borders have been decided long back and there is no reason to alter them now. Also, there might be some villages in Assam which have Nagas in majority but certainly, they don’t represent the entire district or state. We are hopeful that this issue will be sorted but if Nagalim happens, we will not let Assam’s land to fall in Naga hands.’