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Congress resents NPF double talk
Published on 28 Nov. 2010 12:05 AM IST
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Expressing surprise over the statements of chief minister, Neiphiu Rio and NPF president Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu on Naga integration issue that appeared in the local dailies on November 25, the NPCC said it resented the double-talk of NPF.
NPCC vice president, Sedem Khaming and media cell chairman, Dr. Hoshi in a joint statement said while the NPF lauded the Congress Legislator Party (CLP) for extending co-operation in constituting the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) for Naga peace process, on the other side it repeatedly criticized the Congress for taking political mileage.
NPCC said that the CLP’s participation in JPC on Naga peace process was a fulfillment of peoples’ (both over ground and underground) desire for peace and not as the NPF believed. It reminded that the government of India had clearly expressed difficulties on sovereignty and integration in the negotiated settlement.
Stating that it was not the version of state Congress, the NPCC said its senior leader had simply quoted what the government had asserted through its interlocutor R. S. Pandey IAS (Rtd) at The Heritage Centre, Kohima on June 2, 2010. It said Pandey had clearly stated that “there’s already the concept of shared sovereignty but the unity and integrity of India will have to be maintained.” NPCC said this amply implied that sovereignty was not negotiable.
On integration, NPCC said Pandey stated that “boundaries of States could not be changed without political consensus.” It said since there was no political consensus, integration too was ruled out.
Further, the NPCC said it was preposterous to think that the Congress in Nagaland was against sovereignty or integration. It reminded the NPF that the first Assembly resolution was unanimously passed in the late 1960’s which was reaffirmed during the Congress regime in 1995/96. Thereafter, the NLA unanimously passed three more resolutions on Naga integration, it said. NPCC said since all the resolutions were passed unanimously irrespective of whichever political party was in power, the NPF projecting itself as the sole champion of the Naga cause was amusing.
NPCC said the assertion of Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu that integration was the birth right of the Nagas “sounded like an empty vessel.” “If integration is our birth right what made him believed that we are demanding integration from others? It is easy to engage in tall-talk in one’s kitchen. If he meant what he had said in NPF CEC meeting he should also speak to the Central leaders in Delhi in the same way,” it said.
NPCC said Dr. Shurhozelie had never raised the integration issue to any central leadership as far as the Naga people could remember.
Stating that Naga intellectuals could not be fooled by such empty talks, NPCC reminded that he was a minister under oath of allegiance to the Constitution of India and enjoying the fruit of 16-point agreement. “He has the constitutional obligation to talk responsibly and not talk like a rebel leader,” NPCC said.
It said some Congress leaders of Nagaland had apprised the Central leaders on Naga political issue much more than Dr. Shurhozelie.
Describing as “unbecoming” the relentless attack of the NPF on UPA government despite being part of it, NPCC said the NPF should know that it was an alliance of NDA government till the last parliamentary election in May 2009 vehemently opposing the Nuclear trust vote. NPCC recalled that when the NPF’s lone Lok Sabha MP voted for the Bill in national interest, the NPF expelled him from the party.
It said only after the May 2009 parliamentary election the had extended support to UPA government although the UPA had not sought for it.
“Hence, if the NPF is uncomfortable with UPA why not withdraw their support instead of their continued hypocrisy?” NPCC asked.

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