A new collective political front – North East Regional Political Front (NERPF) have been formed on Sunday, ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections to press the Centre to solve the “common and vital issues” such as safeguarding the territorial, cultural, social, political and economic rights of the people of the Northeast region.
A meeting of these 10 major regional parties was held in Guwahati, at the initiative of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) — elected Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio as the convener and former Assam Chief Minister and AGP president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta the front’s chief adviser, and Sikkim chief minister Paban Chamling and former Mizoram CM Joram Thanga and former Meghalaya CM Donkoper Roy as advisers.
According to The Hindu source, the front will include all major regional parties – Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), the Naga People’s Front (NPF) and Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF)— the ruling parties in Nagaland and Sikkim – the United Democratic Party and the Hill State People’s Democratic Party of Meghalaya, the Manipur People’s Party (MPP), the Manipur State Congress Party, the Manipur Democratic People’s Front, the Mizo National Front, the People’s Party of Arunachal and the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT).
The meeting adopted 17 resolutions, including a resolution seeking a fresh look into the issue of Centre-State relations in the true spirit of federalism, the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, a treaty with Bangladesh “to deport all the infiltrators from the NE region” and cancel the land swap deal with it.
Eighty per cent reservation for “sons of the soil” in all Central, semi-central, public sector and private sector jobs in the region, implementation of the Look East Policy in letter and spirit, rebuilding of the portion of the historic Stilwell Road in India were the other resolutions adopted by the NERPF.
The northeastern states together have a strength of 25 MPs in the lower house.