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NPCC corners Khekiho on statehood, political issue
Dimapur, June 27(NPN):
Published on 28 Jun. 2011 1:04 AM IST
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Reacting to Rajya Sabha MP Khekiho Zhimomi’s statement that the 16 Point agreement was “hijacked” by some overground leaders by excluding undergrounds and that the statehood, despite all its merits cannot be said to be an “upright deal” ,Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee said Khekiho cannot fool intellectuals “with his hypocritical statement” and again demanded to know whether he accepted or rejected Nagaland statehood.
Further, it said since Khekiho is a player within the provisions of the statehood under the constitution of India, he was “definitely not the right person to say that the deal was not an upright one” and that all know he “is also an Indian citizen under oath of secrecy to protect the integrity of the nation.”
On Khekiho’s narrative of a meeting in Ghukiye village under Satakha subdivision sometime in 1956 when the then visiting Indian army chief Gen.Thimaya offered “half a rupee” to then FGN ato kilonser Kughato Sukhai who refused but in return, offered rupee one to suggest that Nagas deserved more than statehood; NPCC said Khekiho “seemed to have quoted a verbatim encounter” to buttress his point that Nagas could have achieved “something more worthy than statehood.”
NPCC countered that if Khekiho wished to use “such undocumented statement” as leverage then he “must not forget, that the Nagas had missed a greater opportunity when something much greater was offered to the Nagas by the then prime minister late Indira Gandhi” during the six rounds of talks with the FGN at prime ministerial level, which remained deadlocked after the sixth round.
NPCC maintained that though Nagas were at an advantageous position “for something greater” at that time, statehood was also the best option in that precarious time. It said Nagas now have to reconcile with the past, no matter how bitter it was and instead prepare for a better future and put their heads together as equal stakeholders.
NPCC said NPF leaders like Khekiho MP, would do well to realize that they alone “could play the key role.”
Accusing NPF and its veteran leaders like Khekiho for thinking they could score political points by crying over spilled milk, NPCC cautioned it would only lead Nagas nowhere but back to square one. NPCC said if NPF leaders reject the concept of statehood as means to achieve greater goal; then it meant rendering all political talks for solution “that is less than sovereignty, meaningless.”
NPCC said NPF was stuck to the past as it cannot claim any credit on Naga political issue, except the “notorious Shillong Accord” and so were only trying to “cover up their failures” by quoting “ the lost opportunities in the past.”
It said as the ruling party, the NPF was responsible for providing something constructive to the political groups and the government of India for a lasting solution within a time frame; but more than eight years of the NPF’s “equi-closeness policy and facilitator’s role, have led the Nagas to nowhere.”
It reminded NPF that the Congress under late Pandit Nehru and Indira Gandhi “consistently exhibited and exercised supreme political will” for solution.
NPCC described Khekiho as “unparliamentarian” for telling Nagas to check with parliamentary proceedings and bulletins to “judge his role as MP” when it asked him to clarify his achievements on the Naga political issue.
Further it said when Khekiho “was disappearing into political oblivion” he was “saved by Neiphiu Rio at the cost of other capable NPF leaders” to become MP.
It said just because Rio saved him (Khekiho) from political oblivion did not mean the Khekiho could declare that Rio “s the political saviour of the Nagas”.
Slamming Khekiho for sycophancy, NPCC asked how he (Kkekiho) claimed that Rio was the political saviour of Nagas when he (Rio) “has made enemy of all the neighbouring states
NPCC said Rio’s “hostile policy of emotional integration” only caused hurdled to the smooth path of “geopolitical integration through diplomatic channel.”
NPCC asked whether Rio’s politics of exploitation had not resurrected and accelerated the demand for Frontier Nagaland, kept dormant by the “goodwill of the Eastern Nagaland people?”
On Khekiho’s “phenomenal mandate” for NPF, NPCC said it was indeed phenomenal in the history of Nagaland elections when the NPF in 2008 won only 26 seats in the fractured mandate but “additions to its tally” came through “backdoor”.
On Khekiho’s stand that a “logical conclusion was delivered” in the Sugar Mill VRS scam and also having clarified his position on the industrial transport subsidy case, NPCC said it “was misleading” but it might appear conclusive “so long as NPF is in power”. It however said, the debate was Naga political issue it would reopen at “an appropriate time.”

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