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ENPO demand, a slight set-back: Khekiho
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JAN 28 (NPN):
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Published on 29 Jan. 2011 12:49 AM IST
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Rajya Sabha MP, Khekiho Zhimomi on Friday said that the demand by Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO) for ‘Frontier Nagaland’ was a “slight set-back” for Naga unity but added that it was also an expression for strengthening the unity of Nagas with more understanding to address each other’s problems.
Talking to this reporter on the sidelines of Kiyezu village centenary celebration at Kiyezu village, Khekiho said ENPO’s demand was simply a “by-product” of Naga’s journey towards common goal.
“Our journey have attained many years since submission of Simon commission in 1929, we have faced ups and downs in the course of the journey for common hope and it has cost Nagas very heavily,” he said. Khekiho also said it was not surprising that such an issue would have come up.
He opined that ‘advanced tribes’ may have failed to address the grievances on development and employment front that could be re-addressed up to the maximum satisfaction of the younger generation. Nevertheless, it did not mean that the agencies should think that they could divert the minds of the Nagas from their journey towards common hope, Khekiho said.
On Chanpang oil issue, Khekiho who was also the former minister for geology & mining, irrigation & flood control and border affairs, said oil deposits have been exploited by neighbouring Assam and that outside services could not be controlled. However, he said the state government was working out modalities for smooth functioning of oil exploration keeping in view Article 371 (A). Six tribes under the banner of ENPO had on January 7 staged mass protest rallies in the four district headquarters demanding separate state, “Frontier Nagaland.”

 
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