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Imchen responds to NPCC
Published on 5 Jun. 2011 12:20 AM IST
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Reacting to an earlier statement of the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee which slammed him (Imkong L.Imchen) for “speaking like a rebel leader” and not as a duly elected member who had sworn allegiance to the Indian constitution, the home minister Imkong L.Imchen said the utterances was “understandable and pitiable” after the Congress’ “humiliating defeat” at the Aonglenden by election.
Imchen said quite understandably, the NPCC was “always in the habit of threatening and blackmailing” by “threatening and profiling me as a rebel leader in order to draw the attention of Delhi” and reminding him that the government of India has its own mechanism “ to tame such people.”
Stating that the Congress has “realized that they are already sitting in the sinking ship” and venting such “erratic statements” out of frustration, Imkong said the NPCC made the statements only to draw people’s attention in order to portray that the Congress was still “alive and kicking.”
Referring to the NPCC that the situation in Nagaland was a law and order problem since cease fire agreements between the undergrounds and government of India ended hostilities and that inter factional clashes have ended due to the efforts of the FNR; Imchen asserted the NPCC attempted to “belittle the Naga people issue by terming it to a mere law and order problem.” Imchen reiterated that the as law and order and political issue were different and therefore needed to be dealt differently.
He said it was “fascinating” how the NPCC was “lecturing on the NPF and DAN government” on how to run the government, adding it was to “cover up their past misadventure” and the fact that “people have already deserted them comprehensively”.
He also said the Congress felt embarrassed when people talked of their past governance “because they cannot defend their act of omission and commission.”
On his statement against the 16 Point agreement, Imchen said the memorandum signed by the Naga People’s Convention with the government of India “was not proper and trustworthy” since the NNC was not consulted nor taken into confidence while finalizing the points. Imchen pointed that what he had said was he was happy with statehood, yet not satisfied with the present constitutional arrangement “and therefore political talks are still going on” between the government of India with Naga national leaders.
He countered, that if the NPCC questioned him for raking up the 16 Point agreement, did it mean to say that the Naga political problem was over as stated in the Bedrock of Naga Society or was it satisfied with the present constitutional arrangement? Imchen demanded that the NPCC state it clearly to the Naga people.
Dismissing the NPCC charge that he (Imchen) was trying to paint Nagaland as an insurgency state to obtain huge amount of money for counter insurgency operation and that as far as the state government was concerned it was only law and order problem; Imchen said it was a clear stand on the “inner mind of the NPCC over the Naga political issue.”
He went on to say that the Naga people were the best judge as to whether the state Congress was “really patriotic and sincere enough to solve the Naga political issue” but hastened to add that the Congress exposed itself of its stand on the Naga political issue through its statement issued on June 4.

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