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NPCC renews challenge on NPF for healthy debate on Naga political issue
Dimapur, Jun 10 (NPN):
Published on 11 Jun. 2011 12:51 AM IST
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In the charges and counter-charges between the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee(NPCC)and the ruling Naga People’s Front(NPF) over who is “anti-Nagaland” and “anti-Naga”, besides the affiliation issue, the NPCC has said the “debate” was on the Naga political issue and not on “trivial issues like the Congress internal affairs or by election.
NPCC media cell reasserted that Naga people know that the chief minister and home minister first raised the Naga political issue during the recent by election later backed by the NPF wherein both questioned the achievements of the Congress .
NPCC said it had not singled out any person in the debate though the home minister was most vocal on the Naga political issue.
It renewed its challenge to the NPF for a “healthy political debate at philosophical and ideological levels to give new dimension and impetus to the Naga political issue and not for cheap paper wars.”
NPCC said NPF talks on the Naga political issue “is like the sound of an empty vessel” and asked why was NPF “afraid to spell out their achievements as demanded by the NPCC?”
Further NPCC said the NPF “needs some people’s help during elections, to stay in power” and asked why was the NPF acting “as somebody’s mouth piece” and explained that it was ostensibly to “ keep their partners in good humour for the next election.”
NPCC reiterated that the NPF was mixing up “Naga political issue with the affairs of the state government” as stated in its press release on June 4.
It maintained that the NPF cannot cover the failure of the home minister on the law and order(state subject) with the Naga political issue(political subject).
Further the NPCC hit back saying the Shillong Accord “is the Bedrock of the NPF” . NPCC said since the regional party had “accepted the terms and conditions of the Shillong Accord” it was the reason why the NPF was avoided responding to the issue.
NPCC again restated that the 16 Point agreement which birthed Nagaland as a state, “was not an end in itself but the means to all future hopes”. It said “it is not the Naga custom and tradition to curse a tree and enjoy its fruits”.
Further NPCC asked, if it accepted that statehood was “ the full stop for Congress” why had it persuaded then prime minister P.V.Narasimha Rao to recognize the Naga problem as a political problem “ and bring it to the right perspective?”

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