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NPF defends Imchen; slams Cong
Published on 12 Dec. 2010 12:52 AM IST
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Naga People’s Front (NPF) Saturday strongly defended the controversial remark of state home minister Imkong L. Imchen over collection of money by Naga political groups.
Congress Legislature Party (CLP) December 9 sharply criticized home minister’s remark that government could not ask the underground groups to stop collection of money as they were in ceasefire with centre. The Congress had stated that ceasefire agreement was not a license to collect money from the public.
Terming the Congress’ remark as “politically motivated statement”, the NPF associate press secretary Shilumar Ao in a release said contribution in cash and kind was introduced since the beginning of Naga political struggle, wherein every Naga household participated in “full earnest.”
“This concept of solidarity contribution is not a new phenomenon to the Naga political struggle. In so far it magnified in to a larger dimension and remained as taxation in the public domain,” Ao said.
The NPF also said that “relentless hurling” of the Congress party on home minister with regard to the “stray incident” in the law and order front smelt of a “malicious campaign” to smear the image of the DAN government.
“The Congress party as a responsible opposition – as claimed so should substantiate in black and white the acts of omission and commission of the home minister,” Ao said.
The NPF associate press secretary also claimed that Nagaland was experiencing the “most peaceful decade” since statehood.
“I am also aghast by the phrases of the CLP such as ‘slow torture and worst than actual killing’ which probably have been taken out from their self-created lexicon,” Shilumar Ao said.
He asserted that those phrases were highly “reprimand able, pure rhetoric in nature, surprisingly out of context and nothing but to demean the government of the day and to take the general public for a ride.”
According to Ao the ceasefire agreement between the centre and underground factions was itself “a recognition of the various factions as a separate political entity.”
Maintaining that “non-coercive collection and contribution” have been carried out for the sustainability and management of the factions, he said the fact of the matter was no one can deny that.
“All the concerned authority and agencies involved are well aware of these activities,” Ao said and queried why was the Congress party so adamant to the Naga political struggle. “Are they anti-Naga?” he further asked.
Also, pointing out that NPF was appalled to note the recent discussion of the CLP for a need to come out with concrete stands in the line and wishes of all sections of the Naga society towards arriving at an amicable and honourable settlement acceptable to all, the party associate press secretary said this “explicitly” demonstrate and expose the hidden agenda of the Congress party.
Ao further said that it was for the people to judge if the Congress party was still in the discussion stage to the Naga political problem, after being at the helm of affairs for more than a decade.
“It is quite understandable, given the ever standing policy of the Congress party,” the NPF said while making a particular reference to Dr.S.C Jamir’s statement during the 125 years celebration of INC in Mon, wherein he purportedly said that demand for integration and sovereignty has reached a dead end.
“In a nutshell, the Congress party is and will be always for power, not an iota of agenda more, not an iota of agenda less-make no mistake, Imkong L Imchen has been legally and constitutionally elected by the electorates,” said Ao, adding the question of (home minister) vacating or resigning from the chair did not arise.
He underscored that “lethargic Congress party” would do a world of good if the party sportingly played the role of constructive opposition.
NPF Alongtaki unit
Meanwhile, the NPF 30 Alongtaki A/C unit, in a separate statement, also defended the home minister’s remarks saying tax collection, in varying degrees, was prevalent in other states as well.
“Extortions, kidnappings and such other anti-social activities are being witnessed by the public in many parts of the country with no signs of appreciable control by the state authorities,” said NPF unit president Imlitemsu and general secretary Subangmeren.
They said the citizens have not been often forthcoming in aid of the law and order enforcing agencies of the state to control those unwarranted situations.
According to NPF unit leaders putting the blame on home minister alone for the ensuing failure of law and order in the state found no justification.
“Any home minister in the position of the present home minister with no substantial public support and cooperation will find it impossible to do the needful and hence belie public expectation,” they said.
The Alongtaki NPF unit said that demand for home minister’s resignation for failure to contain law and order problems, for which every citizen was responsible and blameworthy, was absurd and found no public condemnation.
“When one cannot clap with one hand, how can the home minister be blamed when the public is not reaching out to him with its hands towards his hand to clap,” they further said.
The NPF unit said that home minister would continue to in his position and exercise powers as long as minister enjoys the confidence of the chief minister who was the real executive head of the state.

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