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NPCC slams Imchen’s remarks
Dimapur, Sep 1 (NPN):
Published on 2 Sep. 2009 12:26 AM IST
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Taking serious note of the statement purportedly made by Nagaland Home Minister Imkong L.Imchen as reported in sections of the local media on August 30, wherein he had said that as the ongoing political talk between the NSCN(I-M) and the government of India was “not within the purview of the Indian constitution”, therefore, any agreed point “should also be outside the constitution of India.” Slamming Imchen for an “irresponsible and unbecoming remark” made in Kohima during the recent commemoration of Haipou Jadonang’s 78th death anniversary, chairman NPCC media cell R.Paphino said constitutional propriety demanded, that Imchen as the home minister and who has taken oath of allegiance to the constitution of India “cannot act and make comments contrary to what the laws strictly prescribed.” The NPCC also asked if Imchen’s “derogatory remarks” as home minister, “are the declared and principle stand of DAN government?” The NPCC said that having taken the oath of allegiance to the constitution of India, Imchen “has crossed the limit and in rebel tone and character”, in making his above statement and going as far as to say that such any agreement made outside the purview of the constitution be incorporated through an amendment to the constitution of India. NPCC said if Imchen was “so concerned about solving the vexed Naga political problem by harping on a constitutional amendment”, then he should specifically bring out the proposed amendment instead of throwing the responsibility on the government of India and the groups involved in the dialogue. Slamming Imchen for ridiculing Nagas on their lack of understanding about his concept of ‘independence’,(such as “ the areas we want independence should be well defined”), the NPCC said Imchen only undermined the wisdom of the Naga people and their political struggle of 60 years while trying to portray himself as “ a political authority and guru on Naga political issue.” Putting the record straight, the NPCC asserted that the Nagas have not lost sight of the Naga political agenda though Imchen “has completely gone out of track and in his misadventure and political mishap” by trying to mislead and confuse the people on one hand and “blatantly abusing the chair of home minister within the Indian Union.” It demanded that if Imchen has any better definition of independence then he should “specify openly and candidly”. It also warned the DAN government that if it did not subscribe to Imchen’s statements then it should take immediate steps to remove Imchen from a “high profile, principal and sensitive office” of the Nagaland government.

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