Myanmar-based NSCN (K) factions trade charges

DIMAPUR, JUL 31 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/31/2020 1:01:50 PM IST

Days after apparent split, the two rival factions of Myanmar-based NSCN (K)— one led by Yung Aung and the other led by Nyemlang Konyak Naga— traded charges over the new development.

In a statement, MIP of Yung Aung-led faction said it “totally” rejected baseless allegations made by the “expelled leaders lead by Niki Sumi against the current leadership of the party which was circulated in the social media.” 

MIP said that both civil and military of the group under the leadership of Yung Aung was fully intact, adding that the recent development did “not harm or change the status quo of the party.” 

It said that the “expelled leaders” were only trying to attract attention with their “self appointed posts while working as agents of the Tatmadaw and Indian Raw.” 

In order to maintain their “despotic and self-style nature”, MIP said those leaders have always been opposed to the current transformation policies of the group.  It alleged that Niki, during the past few years, had kept himself “completely aloof from the daily affairs of the party refusing to report to the headquarters even after repeated calling letters.”  MIP also claimed that Niki had been always in support of a “parallel government” within the party with “intent to officially divide the Party based on the artificial boundary line.” It also alleged that Nyemlang and Starson, “blinded by power”, had stooped so low and disgraced themselves by falling into his trap.  MIP has, therefore, appealed to all the Nagas not to be confused and misinformed with the “propaganda of the expelled group for they had no political vision whatsoever.” 

Asserting that it did not want to harbour hatred against own brothers, the group has, however, warned that it would “not tolerate with any conspirators or the violation of our sovereignty.”  Meanwhile, another faction led by Nyemlang Konyak Naga has accused Yung Aung of “compromising” with NSCN (I-M).  In his presidential speech, “lt.gen.(rtd)” Nyemlang Konyak Naga said the “foes have infiltrated our ranks trying to breach our last standing defenders of sovereign political rights.”

Nyemlang has, however, said that he, as president, would defend the “sovereign political rights of the west, east, north, south areas wherever Nagas are for our inherent sovereign political rights along with all like-minded Nagas”. In the present context of Naga polity, Nyemlang said “sadly the ugly truth is the fact that compromised presidents of so called factional presidents are woefully dime a dozen.” Nyemlang, however, asserted that “our actions will speak for themselves as NSCN/GPRN navigate the turbulent political waters where wolves in sheep’s clothing are at every nook and corner of the Naga political path.” He vowed to carry the “glorious legacy” of late SS Khaplang of defending Nagas’ inherent sovereign political rights.

Stating that “almost all our leaders” have died in foreign lands, Nyemlang however said that “our great leader late SS Khaplang who bears the honourable distinction of never giving in or giving up Naga sovereign rights till his last breathe in Nagaland, leaving behind a glorious legacy of standing up for our rights with God by his side come what may.”

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