NSCN (I-M) censures Along for ‘nonsensical statements’

DIMAPUR, JUN 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/27/2019 11:36:23 AM IST

NSCN (I-M) Thursday censured Nagaland minister for higher and technical education, Temjen Imna Along, for making “nonsensical statements” insensitive of the Naga people’s struggle and sacrifice.

NSCN (I-M) through its MIP maintained that Temjen Imna Along “simply to be in good book with his political boss in New Delhi” was talking in the manner making himself an authoritative person to decide the political destiny of the Nagas.

It asserted that Along had earlier faced condemnation from various quarters for making a statement that Nagas were Indians. “Untamed as he is, again he made the statement that non-Nagas should find a place in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly,” NSCN (I-M) stated.

MIP said it was “unfortunate that a person of typical character like Temjen has appeared in the Naga political scenario.” It also accused Along of lowering the credibility of the Naga political leaders in defense of Naga’s national identity.

Denouncing Along for his “repeated statement that goes against the national interest of the Nagas”, the NSCN (I-M) said that there should be “no further dilution of the credibility of other Naga Ministers/MLAs like Temjen has done.” It said that sanctity of Naga history was not to be tampered with for vested interests.

Further, asserting that Temjen cannot afford to make a mockery of Naga’s political history, NSCN (I-M) stated that Nagas have come a long way ever since it declared Naga Independence on August 14, 1947. 

NSCN (I-M) has asked Along to reconcile himself to the ground reality of Naga national identity in the context of the ongoing Indo-Naga political talks and stand himself as a responsible Naga “lest he face further condemnation from the Nagas.” It also stated that Along must bridle himself from making “reckless and misleading statements to undo the hard earned historical and political identity of the Nagas that has gained worldwide recognition as a separate national entity.”

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