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NSF delegation meets Chidambaram

NSF delegation along with union home minister, P. Chidambaram during their meeting in New Delhi, Friday. (NP)
Published on 12 Jun. 2010 12:33 AM IST
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NSF delegation on Friday called on union home minister, P. Chidambaram at his office chamber, North Block-New Delhi and apprised him about the prevailing situation in the Naga areas.
In a statement received here today, NSF president Mutsikhoyo Yhobu disclosed that the delegation pointed out to the home minister that the onus of solving the impasse lay with the Centre and the Manipur government as Nagas were “only responding to the demand of the situation.”
The NSF delegation also urged upon the home minister to issue necessary directives to the government of Manipur to immediately withdraw the Manipur Commandos, Manipur Rifles and other state Forces from the Naga Areas and to revoke the arrest warrant issued on some of the Naga leaders.
According to the NSF, the home minister gave a patient hearing for about 45 minutes and assured the delegation that he was personally monitoring the situation and that he would do whatever was necessary to resolve the crisis.
The NSF said the home minister, in turn, appealed the delegation to lift the restriction on the movement of Manipur registration vehicles as early as possible.
The NSF statement also said the delegation called on the leader of opposition Sushma Swaraj in her office chamber where she was apprised about the ongoing situation in Naga areas. The statement disclosed that Sushma Swaraj also appealed to the Federation to consider ending the ongoing agitation. Further, the NSF said the leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha also made it clear that the BJP delegation deputed to Imphal was only to assess the “Quit Notice” issued by some Meitei Organisations to the Hindi speaking people including Assamese and Bengalis and not pertaining to the present turmoil in the Imphal valley.
NSF in the statement also claimed that the delegation “advised” union home secretary, .K. Pillai to stop commenting on the ongoing agitation as he had “miserably failed” to handle the present crisis in his capacity as the home secretary. It described Pillai’s comments as being directed against Nagas as if they were solely responsible for creating the present crisis in Manipur.
The NSF went on to say that Pillai should know that the government of Manipur was responsible for blocking the national highways and continuing to block all roads leading to Naga inhabited areas of Manipur. In this regard, the NSF said Pillai should ask the government of Manipur to lift the blockade instead of telling this to the Nagas.
The delegation reportedly also met with the Centre’s Interlocuter R.S.Pandey and the first Interlocuter Swaraj Kaushal and minister of state for water resources Vincent Palla in addition to meeting Chidambram and Sushma Swaraj.
When contacted over phone, a member of the NSF delegation presently in New Delhi, told Nagaland Posot that the delegation had met several central leaders. The source disclosed that the delegation was also trying to meet with other leaders such as President of India Pratibha Patil, prime minister Dr.Manmohan Singh, AICC president, Sonia Gandhi, AICC general secretary, Rahul Gandhi besides other leaders. “We have already sought appointments and we are hopeful that within the next few days we will meet many of them”, the NSF source said.
He also claimed that most of those who the delegation met, were aware of the prevailing situation but “fed only with one side of the story.”
He said the NSF was trying to convince the central leaders by providing material evidences including photographs and video footages.

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