NPF accuses PDA of weakening mainstream Naga orgs

NPF accuses PDA of weakening mainstream Naga orgs

Kohima, February 10: Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) today accused the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) Government of weakening mainstream Naga organisations like Naga Hoho, Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA), Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) and others which contradict Government’s call for peace and unity.
Participating in the debate on the Governor’s address, former Minister and NPF legislator, Yitachu said the Government has been stressing on peace and unity vis-à-vis early solution to the protracted Naga political problem, but on the other hand it has destroyed organisations like Naga Hoho, NMA and NPMHR who have helped Government in facilitating the peace process.
He also criticized the Government for lack of vision and trying to find its way out by misleading the people, which has been reflected from the Governor’s address. He also questioned the real intention of the Union Government for bringing in CAA despite widespread protest and opposition across the country.
Minister for Higher and Technical Education and Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along lauded the speech of Governor, RN Ravi stating that 2020 has started with a memorable and historical speech by the Governor. He said the speech has touched on all important issues and development taking place in the State.
He also dismissed allegation that the Government was trying to mislead the people on the progress of the Naga talks. He said Governor’s speech has mentioned that Naga talks has concluded but final agreement is yet to be signed.
On the controversial Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN), Along said the Government’s decision was appropriate as such exercise would curb non-locals who have been enjoying the rights and privileges of the indigenous people.
On CAA, the Minister said the issue is over as the Centre has already passed the Act and Nagaland has been exempted. He said some states in the northeast have accepted the facts but some people, including NPF are still agitating against the Act rather than thanking the Centre for exempting the State. He asked NPF to abstain from agitation as it would be a futile exercise. He asked NPF not to mislead the people on the issue as this would in no way affect the demography of the State.
Along said Nagas are main culprits for influx of outsiders to the State and asked people to check the influx of people.
Former Speaker Dr Imtiwapang said CAA is a threat to unity of the country and dismissed that claim that Article 371A and ILP can protect Naga people. On RIIN he said this could further divide Naga people as it is more or less like NRC in Assam. He asked the Government to thoroughly study the commission’s report before implementing it.
Minister for Mechanical, Tongpang Ozukum appreciated the Centre for exempting Nagaland from CAA and asked the opposition not to drag the name of Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) inside the Assembly.
Leader of the Opposition, TR Zeliang had asked Ozukum to spell out his position on CAA as he was also former NSF president.
NPF member, YM Yallow said while Government said Nag talks have concluded but group like NSCN (K) is still not part of the peace process. He said the impending solution should not be another Shillong Accord of 1975.
On CAA, he said there is no point to discuss further on the issue as the two MPs have support the CAA in the parliament. “Forget about ruling and opposition and come together for future of Naga people,” he appealed.
(Page News Service)