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NPCC hits back at Khekiho on Naga issue
Dimapur, Jun 17(NPN):
Published on 18 Jun. 2011 1:09 AM IST
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Strongly reacting to NPF member and Rajya Sabha MP Khekiho’ statement accusing the Congress of being “anti-Naga”, NPCC vice presidents-Nillo Rengma and Khutovi Sema- slammed the MP saying he “is known more for Sugar Mill VRS scam (in which he is charge sheeted) and the Industrial transport subsidy scam, than being a Rajya Sabha MP.”
They said Khekiho’s statement was a “lengthy discourse to paint the Congress as anti-Naga” which was “an imitation” from his “political saviour Shri Neiphiu Rio, the chief minister of Nagaland”.
They said Khekiho raised issues such as –the 16 Point Agreement,Bedrock of Naga Society, Disturbed Areas Act/AFSPA, the 1998 general election, imposition of President’s Rule in 2007 and launching of the NPF unit at Senapati Manipur, “to score his points.”
On Khekiho questioning whether the 16 Point Agreement was worth it or not, the NPCC vice presidents asked whether he(Khekiho) knew if he is also included among the group of “over-ground leaders,whom he charged of hijacking the underground leaders?”. They reminded that all those leaders who have been taking part in Nagaland state elections fall under the “over-ground” category since, by doing so, “have joined the band-wagon of Naga People’s Convention(NPC)”
Further they pointed out that Khekiho “is a Naga MP today because of 16-Point Agreement” and therefore when he (Khekiho) termed the agreement as a “blunder”, he has “lost the constitutional right to continue as MP.”
Responding to the issue of 1998 assembly elections, they said Khekiho should instead ask chief minister Neiphiu Rio, R&B minister G.Kaito, Planning minister T.R. Zeliang, power minister Doshehe and all those former Congress MLAs now in the NPF “ to explain because they also got elected unopposed as INC candidates”.
The NPCC vice presidents dismissed other points raised by Khekiho as not meriting any response but took him on for declaring “his willingness to sacrifice any day for the interest of the Naga people.”
They challenged Khekiho to “immediately” make the sacrifice and resign “on moral ground because he is a charge-sheeted accused in the Sugar Mill VRS scam and cases are pending against him in the industrial transport subsidy case.” They asked whether these issues were “ not the interest of the Naga people?”
The NPCC vice presidents further asked Khekiho to spell out what he has done for the Nagas as an MP on the Naga political issue. They asked how many times had he met the prime minister of India and the union home minister “to personally discuss the Naga issue?” They also wanted to know how many times had he raised the Naga political issue on the floor of the upper house and what sort of “intellectual people” had he met and for how many time, “to disseminate on the Nagas’ right?”
They maintained, that if he (Khekiho) had not done “these basic home works, he has no moral right to lecture on the Nagas on Naga political issue.”

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