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Under criticism, Tokheho clarifies Parliament speech


DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 15: Following a public rebuke from the NSCN (IM), Lok Sabha MP Tokheho Yepthomi has maintained that he harbours no ill-motive or intention to against the Naga political talks.

In a statement issued on Monday, the MP said that on February 12, the Lok Sabha Speaker had allotted two minutes each to few parliamentarians to raise matters of urgent public importance, and adhering to the two-minute allowance, he could not go on to divulge the historical and political dynamics of the Naga political issue which has been stretching for more than 7 decades now.
“I appreciate and support the Framework Agreement and Agreed Position between Government of India and Naga groups; therefore, as and when the agreement is signed, it will go down in the annals of history as testimony of the grit and determination of Nagas,” the statement read.
According to Tokheho, the only issue he had raised was in correspondence to the reply of Ministry of Home Affairs to his unstarred question.
“Wherein, the reply was that negotiations were in advanced stage. On the other hand, Governor (RN Ravi) had stated on the floor of the State Assembly on February 12 that negotiations had been concluded. Herein laid the contradiction to the reply of my unstarred question, which made me raise this issue in Parliament for clarification. My participation was only focused to draw attention of the Indian Parliament for an early agreement to Naga political negotiations. Whether agreement to Naga political negotiations is made within a time bound period or not, is the prerogative of negotiating parties involved,” he asserted.
On February 14, the NSCN (IM) had slammed Tokheho for what it stated was the latter’s failure to do proper homework on the Naga political issue before speaking in the Parliament. (Page News Service)