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NPF pledges to work for Naga integration
Source: The Sangai Express / Newmai News Network

Imphal, December 08 2011: The Naga People's Front, Manipur State unit fumed that the Congress-led Secular Progressive Front (SPF) Government has been opposing against its consolidation in the State, reiterating that the political party would meticulously work for the unity and integration of the Nagas.

The NPF Ukhrul district division organized a one-day "Interface Meeting" of the district yesterday in which the party's leaders from Nagaland and Manipur took part.

At the meeting, Z Lohe, political advisor to Chief minister of Nagaland TN, Mannen, IAS retired Additional Chief Secretary, Nagaland and advisor NPF, Timikha Koza, advisor, Legal Cell NPF, Zaku Tsukru, vice president NPF and G.Gaingam, president NPF Manipur State unit deliberated on the Naga political issue and reason for expanding the NPF in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.

Addressing the gathering which was participated by 2,500 people, Z Lohe said the NPF is not being imposed in Manipur but it s the right of the party to work with the Naga people in Manipur, adding the party is not a private company advertising its products in the State.

He also alleged the State Government of suppressing all the constitutional and even inherent rights of the Naga people and added that all the rights to ownership of land in the hill areas are being threatened by the Government of Manipur.

NPF Manipur co-convenor in-charge, Zaku categorically stated that the political party has come to Manipur with good intention to work with the people of the State and insisted that the party would work for peaceful co-existence with other communities but without forgetting the unity and integration of the whole Nagas.

G Gaingam while speaking on the occasion said the Government of Manipur has become the "greatest threat" to the Nagas in Manipur.

The NPF is trying its best to help solve the Naga political issue, a cherished goal of the Nagas, he further said.

NPF and the Nagas are not enemy of the Manipur Government and only time would prove that the Nagas are not enemies of the Meiteis but good neighbours, Timikha said.

"Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and other NPF leaders could not be prevented from entering Manipur as we were peaceful and democratic" .

"The party would continue to maintain peace with all, including the Manipur Government", Mannen asserted.

Meanwhile, Somi Keishing, spokesman of Naga People's Front (NPF) Manipur unit on Thursday stated that the statement made by former Finance Minister of Nagaland and AICC member K Therie that appeared in local dailies of Northeast states, particularly in Nagaland was a different concept of politics which completely contradicts the wishes of the Naga communities.

Seven lakh population of Nagas in Manipur feel that Nagaland Chief minister Neiphiu Rio has occupied a very important place in the history of Naga people for rendering a helping hand in the State of Nagaland and other countries to instill idea of recognizing the oneness of the Nagas, the NPF Manipur State unit spokesperson Somi Keishing told reporters at Tangkhul avenue here today.

K Therie must have understood that NPF is a political party registered with the Election Commission of India (ECI) that has every right to spread or expand the party to every nook and corner of the country, Keishing maintained.

The further extension of NPF to other States like Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh does not aim to disturb the communal harmony of that States but it intends to strengthen the political set up, he maintained.

He said sitting either in the opposition or the ruling party is not the real priority but the main duty of elected members is to voice the concern and interest of the people he or she has represented.

The political aspirations and desire of the Naga people to unite under a single administrative unit and determination of their future by themselves are permissible under the very Constitution of India, Somi stressed.

"Development is not the only important issue but a system is required under which all the tribal communities can raise the voice of their grievances," Keishing said.

Mr.Therei may not be aware of the system and the reality of the State affairs of Manipur, Keishing said, while adding that comparing Neiphiu Rio with Mohammad-Bin-Tuglogh is a incomprehensible joke which the people can never understand.


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