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NPF Farmers Wing defends Imkong
Dimapur, Jun 10 (NPN):
Published on 11 Jun. 2011 12:51 AM IST
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President of the NPF Farmers’ Wing Lanukaba has defended home minister Imkong L.Imchen against a series of attacks against him by the NPCC over alleged violation of the oath of allegiance to the Indian constitution by remarks he made over the 16 Point Agreement.
The NPF Farmers’ Wing pointed out that the Naga People’s Convention (NPC) at its October 1959 session resolved to form a working committee comprising of three representatives from each tribe, to carry forward the 16 Point Agreement. Consequently, 19 representatives were drafted to the committee which held the meeting with the then foreign secretary of the government of India during July 27-28.
Lanukaba said the NPC ‘violated its own resolution’ since only one representative from each tribe took part which was only one-third. He said the one-third ‘condemned underground’ while the two-third led by late Vizol vice president NPC (who later became chief minister during 1974 and later 1977) abstained from going to Delhi to finalise the draft of the 16 Point agreement since the underground group was not consulted.
Lanukaba said his claim is testified by a letter written by S.C.Jamir to (then chief minister) P.Shilu Ao( “My Dear Oko Shilu”). Based on his argument, Lanuka said that was why Imkong L.Imchen explained to the public on the underground not being consulted as resolved at the NPC’s third session. He further claimed that due to the non participation of the underground as per NPC resolution No.6(a) and (b), there was “bloodshed between the underground and overground Naga brothers.”
Further, he said in recognition of the Naga problem as a political problem by then prime minister P.V.Narasimha Rao a cease fire came into effect on August 1,1997 by which, “Indo-Naga issue is first; not India’s internal law and order issue but a political issue.”
Secondly he said talks was to be “between two entities” and thirdly, “fresh political settlement” was to be “through an honourable and negotiated political settlement”. When the Naga Hoho called for boycott of elections in 1998, he said only the NPCC “went against the wishes of the people” and elected “unopposed”.
By this, Lanukaba said “there is no confusion that who is anti-Naga and anti-party”. Further, he alleged that the NPCC went against its party high command, the AICC led by prime minister P.V.Narasimha Rao on “fresh political agreement” when NPCC came out with the “Bedrock of Naga Society” which he said, blocked the gate for “fresh political agreement.” He said the issue over the ‘Bedrock of Naga Society’ whose public burning was led by the NSF, could not be a closed chapter as it allegedly caused damage on the Naga issue.
On the NPCC charge that Imchen violated the Indian constitution, he asked when prime minister P.V.Narasimha Rao,A.B.Vajpaye, Manmohan Singh were “negotiating for fresh political agreement” were they also not violating the Indian constitution?
He demanded that NPCC take up the issue of violation of the oath of secrecy “and tame the prime ministers for their violation of secrecy of oath. He also said reconciliation should first begin from the NPCC “so that their anti-Naga tag is finalized.” He said the need of the hour was Nagas required “many Imkong Imchen” to raise the Naga issue in the assembly so as to “ move a resolution” to appeal to the government of India to solve the Naga issue “through fresh political settlement as committed by government of India.”

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