UNC advises Naga MLAs not to attend Manipur Assembly on Dec 18
Imphal: Following the recent announcement made by Manipur governor Najma Heptulla to summon the 9th Session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly on December 18, the United Naga Council (UNC), an apex body of the Nagas in Manipur, has advised the Naga MLAs not to attend the session.
During the presidential council which was held at UNC office in Senapati district headquarters, the council resolved that all the Naga MLAs and ministers, irrespective of his or her party, should not attend the Assembly session being convened by the governor of Manipur on December 18, said sources from UNC.
The decision was taken at a time when the Coordination Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) has demanded the state government to hold a special session of the Manipur State Legislative Assembly, so that a fresh House resolution may be adapted in the interest of the state against the backdrop of the Naga peace process.
The UNC presidential council meeting also observed that the resolution taken by COCOMI during the public convention recently is unfortunate and also irresponsible, unwarranted and uncalled for at this point of time.
The public meeting called by COCOMI recently in Imphal resolved to oppose the government of India to create any kind of autonomous territorial council in Manipur based on ethnic lines as a consequence of the peace talks with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM).
The UNC presidential council meeting also resolved that "no unmandated Naga organisation(s), group(s) or individual(s) should speak on behalf of the Nagas on land, identity, history, political rights and time-honoured institution in any meeting, press or electronic media", it said.
Moreover, in support for an early final settlement of the Naga peace process between the Centre and the Naga groups led by NSCN-IM, which is believed to be in the final stages, the council has also decided to stage peaceful rallies on December 17 in all the four Naga-inhabited district headquarters, the sources said.