Kohima, February 1: Veteran Naga nationalist Tongmeth Wangnao Konyak is most likely to be the next vice chairman of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN).
According to reliable sources, Tongmeth’s name has been shortlisted by the group’s collective leadership to be the vice chairman of the NSCN.
If appointed he will also be vice president of the Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim (GPRN).
The post of vice chairman/vice president has remained vacant after the demise of Khole Konyak on December 12 last year.
NSCN sources also confirmed the name of Tongmeth being shortlisted.
The report of Tongmeth likely becoming the next vice chairman comes after Nagaland Page first reported that Qhehezu Tuccu (popularly known as Q Tuccu) is set to be the next Chairman of the NSCN. Despite the follow-up reports from some local media to the contrary, sources said Q Tuccu taking up the mantle as chairman of the group is all but finalized. But he will be officially appointed after the National Assembly of GPRN gives the nod.
The ministry of information and publicity (MIP) of the NSCN/GPRN in a clarification today also did not deny the report of the appointment but only said for such high profile post the Naga people and public would be officially informed once the appointment process is through.
Sources said the appointment of the chairman and vice chairman will be possible only after the National Assembly of GPRN gives nod. The NSCN is expected to convene a National Assembly soon to seek consent of the Assembly for appointment of the two vacant posts.
The post of chairman is also lying vacant after the demise of chairman Isak Chishi Swu on June 28, 2016.
According to reports, NSCN general secretary, Thiungaleng Muivah along with other senior functionaries would be arriving at Council Headquarters, Hebron, near Dimapur early next week to convene a National Assembly. (Page News Service)
NSCN (IM) clarifies
Dimapur, February 1: Reacting to the Nagaland Page report on the appointment of Chairman/President of NSCN/GPRN, the NSCN (IM) has clarified that for such high profile post the Naga people and public will be officially informed once the appointment process is through.
In a clarification, the MIP NSCN/GPRN, however, did not deny the report, but for the media to wait for the official declaration.
“Till then the media should not act in hurry but wait for the official declaration,” it said. (Page News Service)