There will be only one NSCN (R), says tatar hoho speaker

There will be only one NSCN (R), says tatar hoho speaker
(C) Iheshe Aye with others during the press meet on Saturday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, NOV 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/20/2021 1:36:04 PM IST

A day after the supporters of Akato Chophi elected him as the president and declared that group under the leadership of Akato would retain the NSCN (R) nomenclature, NSCN (R) tatar hoho speaker Iheshe Aye clarified that there would be only one NSCN (R) under the leadership of Y Wangtin Naga as president and ato kilonser, P Tikhak.

Addressing the media at Thilixu village here on Saturday, Iheshe Aye said that the decision to expel Akato was taken at an emergency meeting held on November 19. He affirmed that there would be only one NSCN (Reformation) and would not allow Akato’s group to have the same nomenclature. “There would be no second NSCN (R),” Aye asserted.

Claiming that NSCN (R) was intact, Aye said regional members from other regions such as Konyak region, Chang region, Phom region, Sumi region etc. were with the parent body. He also said that they were not against those supporting Akato, but maintained that they would have to change the nomenclature.

Iheshe also described as “misleading and baseless” the claim made by Akato that he had the support of the majority.

Dismissing Akato’s claim that he had the support of over 2,000 members, Aye said there were only 226 signatories, adding only two regions (Ao and Sangtam) were present. Reacting to Akato’s claim that certain people in the group went against the constitution, Iheshe alleged that it was Akato and his team that defied the constitution of NSCN. Citing an instance, Aye said that while he was the tatar hoho speaker, Akato’s group unconstitutionally declared a “pro-tem speaker. “Declaration of a pro-tem speaker when there already is a tatar hoho speaker is totally unconstitutional,” he said.  

On Akato's group declaration of ceasefire with government of India, he said it was up to the Centre to decide.

Meanwhile, NSCN (R) president, Y Wangtin Naga, during telephonic conversation with media persons, stated that he has invited Working Committee (WC) NNPGs to intervene into the situation. 

Wangtin said that there should be no negative development arising within the group. 

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