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NPF president responds
Published on 4 Oct. 2009 1:40 AM IST
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NPF president Dr Shürhozelie, has responded to the statement by a functionary of one underground faction on bringing out a white paper over alleged siphoning of money by the ruling NPF-led DAN government for development of ‘another state’ and the opposition to the proposed formation of the Common Naga Platform by several organizations. The NPF president lamented on the predicament of state political parties over the unsolved Naga problem which continue to remain at the top of their agenda unlike in other states where political parties devote attention on economic development and welfare programmes of their people. Added to the predicament was factional violence that has travailed Nagas who today found it difficult to see these as ‘ sacrifice for us’, he added. Dr Shürhozelie said solution can be talked of only after bringing all factions together and all Naga leaders, both underground and overground understand the ground reality before taking any step further. In a clear reference to a recent statement by a functionary of one faction who had threatened to bring out a ‘white paper’ over alleged diversion of development funds meant for Nagaland, to another state, Dr Shürhozelie said it was “not proper for national workers to get themselves involved in state politics”. While asserting that the role of any opposition party was to be a watchdog of the ruling party in government, he reminded national workers to remain honorable and not get involved in state politics because political parties in Nagaland stood committed to solution as they have respect for the national workers. He said when some national workers begin playing the role of an opposition in state politics, they only “implicate their own stand”. On the allegation of siphoning of funds from Nagaland, Dr Shürhozelie termed it as “impossible” but added he has no cause for argument but would await the release of the ‘white paper’. Describing it as “good news” that the GPRN/NSCN was awaiting formal invitation from the Prime Minister for political talks, Dr Shürhozelie asserted that it was in line with his party’s stand that the government of India should talk with all groups and factions that was acceptable to all sections. On the issue of the Naga Common Platform(CNP), which aroused opposition from various tribal groups and underground factons, Dr.Shürhozelie clarified it was not formed by DAN’s Political Affairs Committee but the outcome of the last Consultative Meet held in March earlier this year. He mentioned that the CNP stood for inclusion of all Nagas and constituted to facilitate the pursuance of proposals and recommendations made at the meet so as to “speak with one voice with India” over solution to the Naga problem. Further, he clarified that the PAC itself was not a formed on party lines but constituted with “few elderly persons” who took the trouble to discuss problems with all underground factions, hohos, civil societies. He further said that the Consultative Meet held in March was convened by the PAC only with the advice of all the organizations. In the light of these, the NPF president said the entire responsibility of carrying forward the recommendations at the March meeting rested not with the PAC but with the Consultative Meet and that the latter has no link with the PAC. He said the Consultative Meet has become the common platform of all Nagas for which one or two persons were entrusted to hold consultations with groups/factions so as to ascertain how best it can serve the interest of the Naga people. He said the Consultative Meet also backed the Forum for Naga Reconciliation by setting up of a “Think Tank” so as to educate Nagas, observe a day of self introspection and prayer, conduct workshops for proper understanding of the Naga political problem, work for Nagas to rise above ‘inclination’ and divisive past and that national workers be given space to work out differences and to find a common ground and to restore relationship with each other. Dr Shürhozelie said it was easy to destroy but difficult to build while hitting out at the “force” behind the attempt to sabotage all actions that support Naga unity and dignity. He said only through a positive attitude could a change be found.

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