Imphal: The United Naga Council (UNC) on Thursday expressed displeasure and concern over the recent statement made by Nagaland minister Temjen Imna Along on the Naga political issue following the formation of the Core Committee on Naga Political Issue (CCNPI).
“Any solution that would come should be under the Constitution of India and it should be under Indian union. So anything that is good for the Naga people under the Constitution of India should be pursued and done,” the minister, who is also Nagaland’s state BJP president, had said during a recent interview with an English news channel on June 10.
In a press statement, UNC, the apex body of the Naga community in Manipur, said that with such a comment he is only trying to make a political fortune out of the Naga political issue by tuning in line with his Delhi masters at the expense of the costly Naga people’s sacrifice and blood for the past more than 70 years.
While denouncing the statement, UNC stated that at this threshold of the ongoing Indo-Naga peace process, it is shocking to come across the irresponsible utterance of Temjen, who is also the president of Nagaland BJP.
“It is highly unfortunate and too early from a ‘young novice politician’. We wish he mends his ways as he has a long way to go,” added UNC.
Besides UNC, Temjen’s recent comment that the Naga political solution should come under the Constitution of India has drawn criticism from various Naga organisations and political parties, including Naga Hoho and JDU Nagaland.
Highlighting the genesis of the political talks between the government of India and the Naga group led by the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM), UNC further said that the Naga movement has associated with great Indian leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Jaya Prakash Narayan, a Gandhian.
“We are all quite aware that the government of India and the Naga people had signed three failed agreements in the past — (i) the 9 Point Agreement (Sir Akbar Hydari) signed, on the June 26-28, 1947, (ii) the 16th Point Agreement signed on July 26, 1960 and (iii) the Shillong Accord signed on November 11, 1975, said the UNC in the statement.
Having failed to bring the desired political aspirations of the Naga people, violent armed confrontations resumed between the Indian armed forces and the Naga army till the signing of the second ceasefire agreement in 1997 between the government of India (GoI) and NSCN on three conditions, it added.