NPF reject JD(U)’s appeal on CM’s statement

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/10/2018 12:21:40 AM IST
The Naga People’s Front (NPF) has issued a rejoinder to the state JD (U) press statement that appeared in local dailies on July 7 appealing for acceptance of the clarification given by chief minister, Neiphiu Rio regarding the Naga integration issue.
A rejoinder from the NPF press bureau, questioned the JD (U) why NPF “should blindly accept the clarification”.
NPF asked the JD(U) to not interfere in the stand of another political party.
“The JD(U) cannot insist the NPF to be satisfied with CM’s clarification” it stated.
According to NPF, its constitution emphasizes on integration of contiguous Naga Areas and therefore, it will continue to pursue this till it is achieved.
It contended that when the Naga National Workers and the GoI were trying hard to work out a solution, it was premature for the chief minister to announce that integration was not possible.
According to NPF, the clarification from the NDPP blaming the media for misinterpreting the statement followed by the chief minister’s clarification that he was quoting Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh’s view was an attempt to mislead the Naga people and a hurdle to the Naga peace process.
“The issue is not concluded here and NPF will never consider CM clarification as putting the said issue to rest” said the rejoinder.
It invited the JD (U) to explain their stand but asked it to not expect the NPF to accept the clarification with it.
NPF stated that it viewed the “destructive statement” made by the chief minister on June 12 to the media, seriously.
It also added that the party was wondering why the PDA government was silent on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, when the neighbouring North Eastern states, even the BJP ruled states, Manipur and Assam, were opposing the bill.
The PDA government has not pointed out the benefits of enforcing the bill either, it stated.
Further, it asserted that NPF was not raising these two issues because they were an opposition party, but because the government of the day should take decisions for the welfare of the people. The NPF also warned that the future of the Naga people should not be politicized just for the sake of the chair and funds.

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