PM Modi has now mandated IB to continue talks as Governor ‘created imbroglio’ — NSCN(I-M)

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Imphal: The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now mandated the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to carry on the peace talks as Nagaland Governor R.N. Ravi, who is also the interlocutor, “created an imbroglio” in the process.

“The interlocutor carries the mandate of the PM… But since [Nagaland Governor R.N.) Ravi created an imbroglio in the talk process, the PM has given mandate to continue the talk to a team of IB as a Fast Track Channel for communication and clear the pending points in the competency,” the NSCN(I-M) said in a statement released Sunday evening.

The NSCN(I-M) — the largest Naga group involved in the 23-year-old peace dialogue — had last week demanded the removal of R.N. Ravi as the interlocutor, two months after the Governor shot off a letter to Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in which he blamed the groups for the “precarious law and order situation” in the state.

ThePrint has reported last week that the peace talks had resumed without Governor Ravi.

“Given the nature of Ravi’s handling of the Indo-Naga political issue, it is pertinent to point out that talks are on political issues for all Nagas and covering all Naga areas. But surprisingly, Mr. Ravi reduces the talks to the state of Nagaland only,” the group said in the statement Sunday.

ThePrint contacted R.N. Ravi through texts and calls for a comment. This report will be updated when he responds.

The Framework Agreement

Last week, the NSCN(I-M) had released details of the 2015 Framework Agreement and accused Governor Ravi of deleting a key word from the original document to “suit his interpretation”.

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