Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah assured Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday that Assam and his people will be taken into account by the center when signing any deal with the Naga rebel groups.
When Mr Sonowal called them separately, PM Modi and Amit Shah gave assurance, two releases released by the Assam government said.
During the meeting, Mr. Sonowal learned about the prevailing mood of the people in Assam following the proposed Naga peace agreement and discussed a number of other state-related issues with him.
PM Modi assured Mr. Sonowal that the Assam people's interests and expectations will be taken into account by the center before making any decision, the release said.
The center said on October 31 that talks with Naga rebel groups are yet to be concluded and will consult with all stakeholders, including Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh states before any resolution is finalized.
According to a separate release, during a "long discussion" with Mr. Shah, the chief minister urged him to take into account the interests of Assam's citizens when going for any agreement.
Mr Shah has assured Mr Sonowal that nothing would be done that goes against the interests of the state and its people, the release said.
The Union Home Ministry said it came to the government's attention that the media and social media are spreading a lot of rumors and disinformation that the final Naga agreement has been reached and will be declared in the near future.
“This is creating anxiety and concern in some parts of the country. It is clarified that before any settlement is arrived at with Naga groups, all stakeholders including states of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh will be duly consulted and their concerns will be taken into consideration. No credence needs to be given to such rumours and incorrect information,” it said.
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