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Naga Hoho condemns Imkong L Imchen’s FMR statement

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, JANUARY 26: The Naga Hoho has condemned Imkong L Imchen for his reported recent statement on Free Movement Regime (FMR) and said, “Decades of sweat, blood, and sacrifices, with generations lost in the fight to safeguard our ancestral domain, are now callously trampled under the dirty feet of the very person who should champion our cause. The past, with its profound meaning and poignant sacrifices by our ancestors, seems to hold no sway over the MLA and those who endorse such a despicable betrayal.”
The Hoho said Imchen’s collaboration with the Union Home Minister to back a smart fence along the Indo-Myanmar boundary and endorse the ban on the Free Movement Regime (FMR) is a grievous betrayal to the Naga people and a sinister assault on our intrinsic right to self-determination.
The NH felt that Imchen’s “reckless remarks” supporting the Centre’s move to terminate FMR is against the very principle of Naga Integration of which he is one of the MLAs who voted for Naga integration while passing the resolution in Nagaland Legislative Assembly.
“Naga people are well aware of Imkong L Imchen’s political flip-flopping since his Congress days exposes a disconcerting pattern of opportunism and political expediency, leaving the Naga populace disillusioned”, it said.
Stating that the Naga resistance against the annulment of FMR isn’t merely a cry for geographical unity but an assertion of shared identity and vision for a united future, the Naga Hoho urged Imchen, as a Legislator, to propose viable solutions without drawing inspiration from an unpardonable flaw – the arbitrary drawing of the international boundary right through the Chief’s house at Longwa village, Mon, by India and Burma.
“This blatant betrayal by a Naga Legislator, colluding against our sovereign rights, is met with the sharpest rebuke from the NH. Imchen’s actions are a stab in the back, and the NH asserts that history will remember him as a turncoat to his own people”, it further stated, adding, “As the world watches, the NH stoutly proclaims this statement as an assertion of our unwavering commitment to Naga self-determination and sovereignty. The resounding condemnation of Imchen’s actions by the NH is a clarion call for justice and a cry against the betrayal of our collective vision for momentary political gains.”
(Page News Service)

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