NPF affirms alternative arrangement for Nagas in Manipur
KOHIMA, SEPTEMBER 21: Naga MLAs in Manipur did not sign any document or representation to protect the territorial integrity of Manipur state, says Minister in Manipur Government and President of NPF Manipur State Unit, Awangbow Newmai.
He was speaking during the oath taking ceremony of new office bearers of Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF), Manipur State unit, at NPF Central Office at Kohima today.
Many organizations and political parties within and outside the State and especially from Nagaland have condemned the Manipur Naga MLAs on the rumours of joining the ruling MLAs in submitting a representation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on protecting the territorial integrity of Manipur State, he said.
However, saying that the report is ‘absolutely baseless and not true’, Newmai clarified that “the 10 MLAs including 5 NPF MLAs and our MP met the Union Home Minister on June 7, 2023 at his residence in Delhi and made the stand very clear on the issue”.
“We have never signed any such document because we have made our stand very clear that we will never be part of any such statement, memorandum or representations on protecting the territorial integrity of Manipur”, he said Newmai.
Also commenting on the ongoing turmoil in Manipur State, he said, “We have seen the situation since May 3, and our party has made it clear that if there is a plan for making fresh arrangements for any of the communities, the Naga areas should not be touched. But if there any arrangement is to be made for the Naga areas, it should be based on the Framework Agreement signed between the Government of India and the NSCN”.
He also affirmed that the arrangement for Naga people, if any, should be as a final solution of the ongoing peace talks.
He said while a concern on the issue is the migration from other countries leading to abnormal increase of population and villages, poppy plantation, drug trafficking are the main issues behind the crisis in Manipur.
He also affirmed that the party since its inception, the Manipur Unit has been doing well and have proved to the people that NPF is for peace and for the welfare of the people without any other motive.
“NPF is a mature and disciplined party. Our party is not a candidate to get our candidate elected and join the ruling party for political power but we have many other issues to take care of”, he said.
He also called upon the newly appointed Party leaders at the different levels to reaffirm to stand by the Party principles and continue to strengthen and expand the Party within the jurisdiction and beyond.
Speaking on the occasion, NPF secretary general Achumbemo Kikon expressed happiness that the Party’s Manipur unit is living upto the expectations of all and not failing or deviating from the Party principles.
“During the initial days of setting up the Party in Manipur State, people were having lot of anxieties and doubt of NPF being communal in nature but we have proved them wrong that this party not only represents the interest of the Naga people but also the grievances, aspirations of the entire struggling people of North East region”, said Kikon.
The endeavour of the party shall continue, he said while expressing hope that the new team will do immensely for the Nagas in particular and the people of Manipur and the entire North East in general.
On the occasion, Kikon also administered the oath to officials of NPF Manipur unit parent body, advisory board, women wing, youth wing and farmers’ wing.
He informed that the present tenure of the Manipur unit has been cut short by a year in order to revamp and strengthen the Party in the State. Kikon, however, directed that the present team will continue till December 31, 2023 while the new team will take over from January 1, 2024.
The NPF secretary general, while informing that the NPF general convention will be held on October 21 at Kohima, requested all its units of Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur to attend it.
Meanwhile, Newmai has been re-appointed to the post of president with 3 working presidents – Paul Muinao, K Raina and Woba Joram and Honreikhui Kashung as general secretary (Adm) and 17 other officials.
Its 5-member advisory board is headed by BD Behring as chairman; 7 executives of the women wing has Sylvia Rimai as president, 14 executives of the youth wing is headed by Wungnaoshang A Shimray as president and 4 executives of farmers’ wing will be led by Chalinbou Chalunmai as president.
(Page News Service)