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Saikia demands special Assembly session to discuss issue
STAFF REPORTER
 GUWAHATI, Oct 11 - Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Debabrata Saikia today demanded a special session of the House to discuss the ‘Framework Agreement’ signed by the Union government with the NSCN (IM) on the issue of Nagalim or Greater Nagaland. In a statement here, Saikia said it is the legitimate right of the people of the State to know as to how this agreement is going to affect them and hence their elected representatives should get the chance to discuss the issue in a threadbare manner.

He referred to a recent news item, which has reported that the Union government had sent a secret letter to the State government seeking its opinion on the issue of Nagalim. Similar letters have been sent to the governments of Manipur and Arunachal seeking their opinions on the issue.

The ‘Framework Agreement’ was signed in 2015 and its clauses have still not been made public either by the Union Government or the NSCN (IM), Saikia said, adding, about a year back, he had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding that the clauses of the agreement should be made public.

It is feared that the Centre has accepted the NSCN(IM) demand for creation of Nagalim by including the Naga-inhabited areas of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. In Assam, there are Naga-inhabited areas in some parts of Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Karbi Anglong, Dima Hasao and Nagaon districts.

If these areas are included in the proposed Nagalim, it will further shrink the geo-political area of the State. So the State government should make its stand on the issue public before communicating with the Centre, Saikia asserted.

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