The manner of Nagaland Lok Sabha MP Mr. Tokheho Yepthomi’s presentation of Naga case in Parliament leave much to be regretted stated NSCN Credit: Screen grab

The Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim expressed discontent in the way Nagaland Lok Sabha MP Tokheho Yepthomi presented the Nagaland peace pact in the Lok Sabha on Saturday.

“The manner of Nagaland Lok Sabha MP Mr. Tokheho Yepthomi’s presentation of Naga case in Parliament leave much to be regretted. The historical and political dynamics are missing. The punch was, therefore found wanting. The conspicuous failure of Tokheho Yepthomi is noticed when he could not even quote the correct date of the signing of the historic Framework Agreement,” a press release by NSCN (I-M) said.

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The Lok Sabha MP had thanked the speaker for allowing him to raise an important issue.

He stated, “Thank you sir for allowing me to raise an important issue about the political negotiation going on between Naga undergrounds and the Government of India (GOI) for the last 23 and half years. The framework has been signed on March 3, 2015 with the NSCN-IM and another one agree point has been signed in July 2017. And the interlocutor between Naga militants and the GoI said that the talk has been concluded on October 31, 2019. People of Nagaland of different organization have given representation to the honorable prime minister and the home minister to come to a logical conclusion because it has taken 23 and half years now. Now it my asked question 1330 I ask about the progress of the negotiation and the answer given was that the talk in in progress. Whereas the interlocutor has said that the talks have been completed. And the honourable governor who is also and interlocutor, today when he addressed the Nagaland legislative assembly, he said that the talk has been concluded. If that is the case I want to draw your attention that the agreement should be made without further delay otherwise this is not a state issue only but a national issue and it has taken 23 and half years.”

Expressing unhappiness with Yepthomi, the NSCN (I-M) said, “he used misplaced political terminology like Naga “underground” and “militants”. To say the least, his failure to do proper homework left the Naga people seething with righteous anger.”

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