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NPCC blames Rio for heightening ENPO issue
KOHIMA, Feb 1:
Published on 2 Feb. 2011 1:03 AM IST
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NPCC president S.I. Jamir said the Congress party had understood the demand of a “Frontier Nagaland” by ENPO as “sensitive” and taken it very seriously right from the beginning. “But the problem is the DAN chief minister was flip-flopping in handling this sensitive issue right from the beginning, thereby heightening the issue,” the NPCC president told NEPS here at Congress Bhavan on Tuesday. Jamir said the problem arose as Rio had shown his “helplessness” to ENPO leaders when they met him over the issue.
Pointing out that the chief minister’s “main task is to find out their grievances and not push the matter further,” Jamir questioned as to why Rio did not try to understand the difficulties and grievances of the ENPO. On the government’s statement that a meeting of Joint Legislative Forum with office bearers of ENPO would be called to address the issue, Jamir alleged that the DAN government has taken the matter lightly from the beginning.
On NPF president Dr. Shurhozelie’s comment that the Frontier State demand was between the Center and the ENPO, and that he had no comment, the NPCC president said, “of course, technically he (Dr. Shurhozelie) may say so. But the issue is the concern of the entire people of Nagaland.” He added that the Congress party, on the other hand, was always prepared to listen to the grievances of the people of the region and solve them amicably.
On law and order front, the NPCC chief disclosed that the kidnappings and extortions” were still rampant in the state. Stating that these were “law and order subject”, however, he alleged that DAN government was trying to shift them as well as the administrative failures to “political problem”. He also stated that the Congress was not satisfied with Imkong L Imchen as home minister, and that the party’s earlier demand for his removal from the current portfolio “still stands.”

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