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UNC flays Brinda Karat
Published on 7 Aug. 2010 12:11 AM IST
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United Naga Council (UNC), Manipur has strongly criticized CPM MP Brinda Karat, for her remarks on the floor of Rajya Sabha August 5, that it was imposing Rs. 30,000 for a truck of medical supplies and Rs.11, 000 for a truck of cement.
In a communiqué the UNC said it was most unfortunate that Brinda Karat, who was respectable and veteran high profile politician, could utter “unfounded statement” without first establishing the veracity of facts.
The UNC while demanding an apology from Karat or “clear cut” evidence on the allegations, said failure to provide the same could invite a defamation suit.
The council said that her remark reflected three things, firstly her source of information wanted to make a fool of her before the world, secondly she was genuinely ignorant of what the UNC was, and what it stood, and thirdly she “purposely” constructed allegation in line with the “communal hate campaign propaganda” launched by dominant community with the support of Manipur government.
The UNC said that economic blockade enforced by All Naga Students’ Association Manipur was temporarily suspended on June18, in deference to the appeals of Prime Minister, Home Minister and leader of Opposition. “However, even after a lapse of 47 days, no response for intervention on the grievances of total injustice meted out on Naga people was forthcoming and therefore the agitation was resumed August 4,”The UNC said.
Maintaining that tendency to make one sided view on the issue created more problems instead of addressing the volatile situation, the UNC said the projection of oppressed tribal people as the oppressor and “oppressor dominant Meitei” as the oppressed was “destructively mischievous in design.”
According to UNC an attempt to divert the focus from “oppressed people’s movement” by linking the agitation to NSCN was willful negligence of the plight of the oppressed, who, the UNC said have lived under repressive conditions for decades.
Further, stating that accusing it as overground front organisation of the NSCN and with imposition of tax was a serious crime, the UNC said it considered such accusations as a case “where a leader of national standing has fallen prey to the propaganda of the communal dominant community.”

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