Rahul takes dig at Modi over Naga accord

Rahul takes dig at Modi over Naga accord

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the purported Naga Accord signed by the Centre in August 2015 to end insurgency in the region.

"August 2015, Mr Modi claims to create history by signing the Naga accord. February 2018, Naga Accord is still nowhere to be found," Rahul said on Twitter referring to the draft peace deal inked by the Centre's interlocutors and the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland.

Just over a year after coming to power, Modi had famously made calls to a range of Opposition leaders, including the then Congress president Sonia Gandhi, to announce the "Naga Accord".

It turned out that the Centre had only signed a "framework agreement" with the NSCN-IM that had the support of other Naga social organisations.

"Modi ji is the first ever Indian PM whose words don't mean anything. #CantFindTheAccord," Rahul tweeted.

Under the broad framework of the peace settlement, the Naga leadership has given up its demand for integration of Naga-inhabited areas under one administration and has accepted the primacy of the Indian Constitution.

Last month, 11 political parties, including the ruling Naga People's Front, announced a boycott of the February 27 Assembly elections insisting on the resolution of the Naga political problem first.

Even as the boycott by regional outfits continued, the BJP has entered into a pre-poll understanding with the newly created Nationalist Democratic People's Party (NDPP) by former chief minister Neiphu Rio.

The BJP also declared a list of 20 candidates on Saturday leaving the rest 40 seats for the NDPP.

The Congress, too, is gearing up for elections and is expected to declare its candidates in a day or two. The last date for filing of nominations is February 7.

Former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki has been appointed as the chief observer for the Nagaland elections by the Congress.

Congress leaders Gaurav Gogoi, Pradyut Bordoloi and Praveen Davar have been named observers for the Nagaland elections.

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