Ahead of the Nagaland Assembly Polls this year, Congress President Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his 2015 claim on Naga peace accord. Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and questioned the Prime Minister on the Naga accord. The Congress leader said, “August 2015, Mr Modi claims to create history by signing the NAGA accord. Feb 2018, Naga Accord is still nowhere to be found. Modi Ji is the first ever Indian PM whose words don’t mean anything. #CantFindTheAccord”.
August 2015, Mr Modi claims to create history by signing the NAGA accord.
Feb 2018, Naga Accord is still nowhere to be found.
Modi ji is the first ever Indian PM whose words don’t mean anything. #CantFindTheAccord
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) February 4, 2018
The Naga Peace Accord, termed a ‘framework agreement’, was signed between National Socialist Council of Nagalim-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) and the Centre in August 2015. The signing of the agreement came after over 80 rounds of negotiations that spanned 18 years with the first breakthrough in 1997 when the ceasefire agreement was sealed. PM Modi had then said that the accord did not just mark the end of a problem but the beginning of a new future in the northeast region.
In February 2017, Rahul Gandhi termed the accord as a ‘pre-paid’ one and said that ‘nobody knows about the accord. While addressing a rally in Manipur, the Gandhi scion had claimed that even Manipur Chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh was not taken into confidence before signing the agreement. Rahul’s comment came after PM Modi accused the Congress government in Manipur of spreading false propaganda on the Naga accord and said there was nothing in it that was detrimental to the interests of the state.
PM Modi had alleged that the Congress party is dividing people by spreading lies about the Centre compromising the territorial integrity of Manipur by signing an accord with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) insurgent group. “People have been talking about the accord with the Nagas. I want to ask the CM, were you sleeping for 1.5 years? You never wrote a letter to Centre seeking details. I alone revealed everything about the accord to the Congress. They are dividing the people of Manipur by spreading lies,” Prime Minister Modi said at a rally in Imphal last year. He also said the Congress has made Manipur their political battleground where they have been pitting one community against another for personal gain.