Naga Accord: Rijiju Defends Self


New Delhi: Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Monday rubbished the Congress criticism of the government over the Naga accord and said that the grand old party’s version of the same on microblogging site Twitter was not right.

The Indian National Congress (INC) has on its Twitter handle posted a Press Information Bureau (PIB) report published on August 3, 2015, as saying ‘PM witnesses signing of historic peace accord between Government of India and Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN)’.

In the same tweet, the Congress posted a written answer by Rijiju on March 1 in response to questions (a) & (b) in the Lok Sabha, which says, “Government of India has not signed any Naga Accord in recent years.”

Rijiju, however, in his defence said, “The page that they have seen had some old draft, which is not our official version. I have got our official version checked, and according to that we have done a framework agreement with the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), which will work as a guiding principal in finding the final solution between India and Naga people.”

And thus, the Congress Party’s tweet is not correct, he added.

Rijiju further said that he has asked the concerned officials to provide the government’s official version to the media and remove the old website content.

“The official paper is that that we have sent to the Lok Sabha, in which we have divulged information about our framework agreement with NSCN,” he said.