Says MP’s gaffe in Lok Sabha left Naga people seething with righteous anger
DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 14: The NSCN (IM) has censured the presentation of ‘Naga case’ by Lok Sabha MP Tokheho Yepthomi in the Parliament on February 12, drawing the conclusion that the latter’s failure to do proper homework had left the Naga people “seething with righteous anger”.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the Naga group maintained that the MP’s presentation had left much to the regretted.
“The historical and political dynamics are missing. The punch was, therefore, found wanting. The conspicuous failure of Tokheho Yepthomi is noticed when he could not even quote the correct date of the signing of the historic Framework Agreement,” it stated.
The group also took umbrage at Tokheho using “misplaced political terminology” like Naga ‘underground’ and ‘militants’.
In his address that lasted roughly 2 minutes, the MP had erroneously stated that the Framework Agreement between Government of India and NSCN (IM) was signed in May, 2015. He ‘corrected’ it instantly by saying it was in July. However, it was signed on August 3, 2015.
Tokheho also wrongly stated that ‘another agreement’, the Agreed Position with WC-NNPGs, was signed in July 2017. It was signed on November 17.
He had also cited the contradictory declarations made by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Nagaland Governor RN Ravi, who is also the Centre’s interlocutor for Naga talks, on the status of negotiations.
In a written reply to the MP’s unstarred question, the MHA had stated that talks were in advanced stage while Ravi, during his address in the NLA session, had claimed that the talks have concluded. (Page News Service)