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NPCC questions Imchen says NPF ‘anti-Nagaland’
Published on 9 Jun. 2011 1:00 AM IST
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NPCC media cell asked Imkong to clarify whether he is a cabinet minister of a state birthed under the terms of the 16 Point Agreement or outside it since he purportedly expressed dissatisfaction over the agreement which tantamount to open rejection of Nagaland statehood.
In the process of expressing dissatisfaction over the 16 Point Agreement, NPCC alleged that Imkong Imchen violated his oath of secrecy to the constitution of India and therefore lost the moral right to continue not only as cabinet minister but also as member of the state assembly.
Further, NPCC said if the chief minister failed to remove Imkong Imchen, it demanded that the state Governor take cognizance of “his outspoken anti-constitutional ideology and advise the chief minister for his removal.”
In a statement, NPCC pointed out that though the Congress and NPF had nothing in common as far as political ideologies and principles were involved, the Joint Legislature Forum(JLF)was formed to remove the differences to address the Naga political issue.
NPCC said despite forming the JLF, the NPF was trying to impose its perspective on the Congress otherwise, there was no reason why both the chief minister and home minister should talk about the different perspective and agenda of the two on the Naga political issue.
NPCC reminded Imchen that all 60 legislators of Nagaland had pledged under oath to bear true faith and allegiance to the constitution of India and by which all Nagas even including those underground group(s) which involved themselves in the state elections, “overtly or covertly have become part and parcel of the Nagaland state under the constitution of India.”
It said Imchen’s question to the Congress - whether it was satisfied with the 16 Point Agreement and if the agreement was a final solution-NPCC described the question as a “death trap question, not for the NPCC but for the Nagas in general.” NPCC said the issue was left to the wisdom of the Nagas on whether to pursue “our aspiration intelligently” allow Imchen to “mess up and destroy what we hold dear to us.”
NPCC reiterated that the 16 Point agreement was not an end in itself but a means to all future hopes as enunciated by clauses 13 and 14 in the 16 Point Agreement.
(a) NPCC reminded that the Nagaland legislative assembly had unanimously passed five successive resolutions under chief ministers- late P.Shilu Ao, late Dr Hokishe Sema, late Vamuzo, Dr. S.C. Jamir and Neiphiu Rio to implement the above clauses.
(b) It also said the Naga problem was accorded recognition as a political problem by then prime minister late P.V. Narasimha Rao and
(c) The ceasefire agreement between the government of India with Naga political groups and the ongoing dialogue.
NPCC said it was no longer relevant to draw a parallel between the 16 Point Agreement with the booklet ‘Bedrock of Naga Society’ by reiterating that the issue was declared as a closed chapter at a public function in presence of all Nagas in Kohima on August 31,2005. It reminded that on that day, the NPF had not raised no objection and accepted the public declaration by the Congress.
NPCC blamed the NPF for “making Nagaland and Nagas enemy of all neighboring states” with neighbourly relationships touching an all time low. NPCC said NPF’s policy of integration has become “too provocative to our neighbours” as it has done more harm than good to Nagas living in neighboring states.
NPCC said NPF done nothing to win back confidence of our neighbours except to foment more trouble “so much so that NPF is now branded as the trouble maker in the whole north east.”
NPCC accused NPF of being “anti-Nagaland” pointing to the action of Imkong L.Imchen, who as then education minister, granted NBSE affiliation to all private schools in the four hill districts of Manipur in 2006 “much against the wishes and interests of Nagas of Nagaland”.
It slammed NPF-led DAN for exploiting backward tribes in employment,contract and supplies and other development activities, to a point where it “finally forces the ENPO to demand for a separate state” and alleged that the chief minister was responsible “for mishandling the issue in its nascent stage”.
NPCC asserted that the Congress party’s consistent stand was to welcome any solution “greater and better than the present arrangement(statehood)” and for unity of Nagas in pursuit of a final, honorable and lasting political solution “ acceptable to all Naga political groups and the Nagas in general.”
Responding to the question posed by the NPF on the achievements of the Congress on the Naga political issue, the NPCC listed out the following:
(1)Naga People’s Convention(NPC), the front runner of the Naga Nationalist Organisation(NNO) and later the Congress, brought statehood in 1960 through signing of the 16 Point Agreement with the government of India;
(2)cease fire between the GoI with the FGN signed during the NNO government(front runner of the Congress) and the Congress-ruled central government in September 1964;
(3)It was the appeal of the NPCC to then prime minister Indira Gandhi and later Rajiv Gandhi to hold talks without precondition with Naga political groups.On May 19,1990 two days before his assassination at Sriperimbudur(TN), late Rajiv committed to Nagas at his election rally in Dimapur, to hold talks without precondition if Congress was voted to power.NPCC said after late Rajiv’s death the Congress came to power at the Centre and then chief minister Dr.S.C.Jamir in 1991, persuaded then prime minister P.V.Narasimha Rao to offer talks without precondition. Accordingly on February 22,1996 then prime minister P.V.Narasimha Rao in Dimapur recognized the Naga problem as a political problem needing political solution thus opening a new dimension to the Naga political issue, it said.
(4) cease fire was signed on July 25,1997 when Congress was in power in Nagaland under Dr S.C.Jamir and took effect on August 1,1997;
(5)talks without precondition with NSCN(I-M) taken to ministerial level under UPA-I led by then union minister Oscar Fernandes;
NPCC asked what has been the achievement of regional party under names such as Democratic Front (DP), United Democratic Front(UDF), Naga National Democratic Party(NNDP), Nagaland People’s Council(NPC) and Naga People’s Front(NPF)?
It said the only contribution of regional party was signing of the Shillong Accord on November 11,1975 pointing to the election manifesto in 1977 of the UDF (the frontrunner of the NPF) which claimed Shillong Accord as its achievement. NPCC said the regional party was even afraid of disowning the Shillong Accord, which has sharply divided Nagas to become the “mother of all fratricidal killings”.
NPCC said the difference between the Congress and NPF was that while NPF remained stuck to the past, the Congress has kept pace with the circumstances in situation to give new impetus to the Naga politicall issue “at different stages of our struggle for freedom”.

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