WC, NNPGs back Akato's expulsion

DIMAPUR, NOV 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/21/2021 1:29:51 PM IST

After the faction led by vice president NSCN (R) Akato Chophy split but retained the same nomenclature with Akato as president of NSCN (R), Working Committee (WC), NNPGs endorsed the decision of the NSCN (R) in expelling its vice president Akato Chophy for “anti-party activities”.

In a release, WC, NNPGs through its media cell, said that “while betraying NSCN (R)”, Akato had also “deeply wounded and offended Naga tribes and civil societies at this juncture”. It also said Akato had defected number of times from one to another organisation “for his personal glory and monetary gain, should not talk about constitution of NSCN.”

WC, NNPGs said Akato has discarded his own undertaking signed in ‘black and white’ on October 22, 2021 after mediation with WC convenor and co-convenors when he agreed to bury the differences within NSCN (R). It said this exposed “the characteristics of a man without conscience, ready to betray his nation and own comrades for monetary gains” adding “the WC, NNPGs and Naga people, will not trust wanton boys building castles in the sand.” 

On the split within NSCN (R), WC, NNPGs said the “mentality to float a new group at this hour was exasperating, a shame to society and a disgrace to his own community.” 

On Akato’s justification that the split was in defence of the NSCN constitution, WC, NNPGs dismissed it as “a self-mockery” as Akato has been “responsible for infringing upon every provision of the NSCN (R) constitution to elevate himself and seize more power and money.” 

WC, NNPGs said Akato’s act as “insubordination of NSCN (R) formation and wilful defiance of the collective undertaking, had led to his expulsion from both NSCN (R) and WC, NNPGs.

On Akato and his group retaining the same nomenclature-- NSCN(R)- WC said this has no basis since he (Akato) had already been excommunicated from NSCN (R) and deviated from the principle of NNPGs.

In view of this, WC, NNPGs said Akato henceforth has “no moral authority to represent the Naga political issue in any capacity.” 

Further, it said Akato’s action was an embarrassment to the Nagas and the world where an individual “without an iota of integrity, attempted to undermine the sanctity of the impending solution to the Indo-Naga political issue.” 

It also reiterated that NSCN (R) vice president Akato’s removal from WC platform will have no negative bearing on the stature of NNPGs or the concluded formal talks.” Rather, it will be a boon that a “habitual defector” has alienated himself from the people.

According to WC, the removal of Akato was not due to any ideological issue but “rather an unconstitutional, unacceptable and unethical trait of Mr. Akato to remain a finance minister, tax collector, treasury officer and cashier.”

Further, WC, NNPGs have appealed to those “national workers stationed at Hoito village with expelled former vice president Akato” and who are unaware of the ground reality, to return to their legitimate NSCN (R) fold headed by president Y. Wangtin Naga and ato kilonser P. Tikhak.

WC reiterated “this is a Naga issue and not of the clan, personal affinity or family connections”.

It also reminded national workers, that it was time to contribute to the nation and not idol worshipping and that “dissident elements with mala fide intention will have no role to play in the Naga polity. It also reminded all right thinking Nagas including the business community, to “desist from extending any form of sympathy, material, financial support or taxation.”

WC also reiterated its resolve to uphold the decision of the 14 Naga tribal hohos and other frontal Naga organisations, “to not entertain formation of any new political faction”. WC said it will “collectively work towards finding an honourable and acceptable political solution without further delay” with solidarity and prayer support of Naga tribes and apex civil societies.

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