Last updated on: July 3, 2018 at 12:20 am IST
Dimapur, July 2: The Naga People’s Front (NPF) has again demanded Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio to personally make his stand clear on the Naga integration issue as his statement that “Naga integration is not possible” has put a “big hurdle” in the ongoing peace process.
In a rejoinder to the NDPP statement defending the Chief Minister, the NPF warned that if the ongoing peace process is derailed, Rio and the PDA Government will be solely held responsible.
The NPF also made it clear that its is least bothered of Neiphiu Rio as an individual but being the Chief Minister of the State, the NPF said it expects him to make his stand clear on important issues such as integration of Naga contiguous areas and Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016.
“Terrified to face the moment of truth, once again the NDPP tried to cover up the matter by claiming that the NPF was spreading ‘lies and propaganda’ despite NETV and other national Electronic Media including Print Media disseminating the interaction with Chief Minister,
Neiphiu Rio on 12 June at New Delhi, both in visual and print form. The report, which went viral across various section of the Media and under public domain is a standing witness to the subject and it is for the Naga people to judge whether the Naga Peoples’ Front is reiterating and asserting the legitimate rights of the Nagas or spreading ‘lies and propaganda’ as alleged,” it said.
The NPF claimed that the NDPP, whose very survival as a political party, it alleged, has come under scanner of the Election Commission of India (ECI) for perjury while trying to get it registered under the ECI, has no moral right to talk on Naga political issue vis-à-vis integration of Naga contiguous areas.
Regarding the resolution on integration of Naga contiguous areas on December 18, 2003, the NPF said it was initiated based on the political stand and policy of the NPF and Rio or his party has no moral right to claim credit for the same. The resolution was the fifth resolution adopted by the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) while four others were adopted prior to Rio becoming the Chief Minister, it said. (Page News Service)