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Reactions to forum’s appeal
Published on 25 May. 2010 1:35 AM IST
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Tangkhul Naga frontal organisations (against ADC election 2010) and All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM) have reacted to a news report “Naga leaders’ forum appeal for peace”, which reportedly appeared in Imphal-based daily. The forum’s statement reportedly said that prolonged blockade, launched by All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur, would soon lead to starvation of many families and even dead, due to lack of life saving drugs. The Naga leaders’ forum also reportedly said that elections to ADCs were a democratic process and that it would be very unfair to boycott it. In a press rejoinder, the Tangkhul frontal organisations (against ADC election 2010) termed the statement as “self style Forum without any root or authenticity and un-mandated.” The TNL president and TFO member secretary Solomon Ningshen and TKS president Wungnaoshang Shimray clarified that there was no such organization mandated by Naga public “in the past or present stage.” Alleging that economic blockade on NH-53 and NH-39 was consequences of Manipur government’s failure to rectify ADC 2008 Act and restrictions imposed to visiting NSF officials, the TFO said Manipur government should be solely responsible for any “mayhem or troubles”. Further, the organisation warned “any person or mechanism” of distorting historical rights of the Nagas on behest of calling “democratic process when the people of the Nagas out-rightly rejected the imposed or force ADC election and repeatedly re-affirmed to boycott the ADC election in any Naga soil…” Meanwhile, the ANSAM termed the statement as “disgusting”, and that it was nothing but “shedding a crocodile’s tear”. “…such a forum is nothing but a self-styled front flouted by some disgruntled and frustrated individuals intending to mislead the people and gain cheap popularity and please their masters,” ANSAM vice president Sounü Khapa said in a press release.

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