DIMAPUR, Aug 6 � All sixty members of the Nagaland Assembly have left for Delhi to meet the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister as well as other Central leaders to apprise them about the aspirations of the Naga people as well as the decisions taken by the Joint Legislators Forum of the State Assembly.
Sources informed that the meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been fixed for August 7. The legislators will then meet Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde the next day.
The legislators team is led by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Speaker Kiyanilie Peseyie and Congress Legislature Party Leader Tokheho Yethomi.
While some of the legislators are already camping in Delhi, some are learnt to have left yesterday.
It may be mentioned that this is the first time in the history of Nagaland that all legislators cutting across party lines have come together to meet top Central leaders in the interest of the Naga people to press for an acceptable and honourable solution to the Naga political issue.
Official sources revealed that the legislators would be seeking the involvement of other Naga underground groups in the peace dialogue to find an amicable solution to the vexed Indo-Naga political issue.
It may be recalled that the Joint Legislators Forum of the Nagaland Assembly (JLF-NLA) had constituted a joint team comprising of members both from ruling and opposition benches in order to meet the negotiating parties of Naga political dialogue � Government of India, underground groups and different political parties � and apprise them of the voice of the House and also to urge upon them to expedite the ongoing peace process towards an early negotiated settlement that is honourable and acceptable to all.
The committee was constituted following a four-point resolution adopted during the closed-door meeting of JLF-NLA convened and held under the convenorship of Speaker Kiyanilie Peseyie in the Assembly Conference Hall on July 19 last.
The JLF meeting had also declared the resolve and commitment of all 60 members to pave way from their present positions for any alternative arrangement that may come about from the logical conclusion of the ongoing peace process.