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Imchen reiterates statement
Published on 7 Dec. 2010 12:15 AM IST
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Against the backdrop of numerous criticisms over his recent statement, home minister Imkong L. Imchen has reiterated that the official ceasefire agreement between the government of India and the NSCN factions, NNC and FGN implied that the government of India had accorded official recognition to all these Naga underground
Organizations. Imkong said this further implyied that these organizations were “not illegal or unlawful.”
“In other words, it implies that the government of India recognizes the right to sustain their organization and, therefore, it is natural that they require funds to maintain and run the organization,” Imchen said.
The home minister said it was a big issue where all the Nagas should seriously ponder and discuss together as to how best this can be tackled.
He said it was “unfortunate” that some people have started attacking him personally.
On NPCC media cell chairman, Dr. Hoshi’ statement that the DAN government should hand over the reins of the government to Naga undergrounds, the home minister asked whether it was the official stand of the Congress or Hoshi’s own idea.
Urging for clarification of the statement to the people, Imchen said there was a Joint Legislature Forum (JLF) where such issues were discussed seriously across the party line as to how best one could bring about a solution over the issue and that they do not attack each other.
“Yet, he is asking me to resign from the Minister-ship and even advising the chief minister to drop me. In other words he is stating that I am the stumbling block over the Naga Political issue and also if I resign this underground money collection will be stopped,” he said.
“If so, I am more than willing to comply to his learned advice,” Imchen said adding that Naga political issue was much more important than himself and that matter I he would not take even a minute to forego his chair for the sake of the Naga political issue. Admitting that he was not so conversant with law and the Bar
Association, Dimapur, Imchen appeal them to assist him with their knowledge in dealing with legal matters so that he would be more careful, particularly while talking about bailing issue.
The home minister also mentioned certain thought for the Naga people to ponder: Whether Naga undergrounds should stop their money collection totally;
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