Tokheho clarifies statement made in Parliament

DIMAPUR, FEB 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/15/2021 1:13:49 PM IST

A day after the NSCN (I-M) reacted to his statement made in the Parliament, the lone Lok Sabha MP from Nagaland, Tokheho Yepthomi, Monday said that he had “no ill-motive or intention” to go against the Naga political negotiations, which had been going on for the last twenty-three and half years. 

In a statement, Lok Sabha MP clarified that on February 12, 2021, the Speaker of Lok Sabha gave two minutes to a few members of parliament to raise “Matters of Urgent Public Importance”. 
Adhering to the two-minute time given, MP said he could not have gone on to divulge the historical and political dynamics of the Naga political issue which has been going on for more than seven decades now. “I appreciate and support the Framework Agreement and Agreed Position between Government of India and Naga Groups, therefore as and when the Agreement is signed it will go down the annals of history as testimony of the grit and determination of Nagas,” Tokheho said.
According to MP, he did not contradict his statement about the ongoing negotiations, rather the only issue he raised was in correspondence to the reply of Ministry of Home Affairs to his Unstarred Question No 1330 laid on February 9, 2021, wherein the reply was that negotiations were in advanced stage. 
He said that the governor, on the other hand, had stated on the floor of the State Assembly on February 12, 2021 that negotiations had been concluded. “Herein laid the contradiction to the reply of my Unstarred question which made me raise this issue in Parliament for clarification,” MP said.
Further, Tokheho said that his participation was only focused to draw attention of the Indian Parliament for an early agreement to Naga political negotiations. 
He said that whether agreement to Naga political negotiations was made within a time bound period or not was the prerogative of negotiating parties involved. 
Asserting that Nagas have been living together with mutual respect, love, tolerance and understanding, the MP said it was “this reciprocity” that has made “our land peaceful” for many years now. He expressed hope that “by the grace and mercy of God we can leave behind a society better than we found for future generations.” 


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