UNC slams Naga individuals
Source: The Sangai Express / Newmai News Network

Imphal, January 18: The United Naga Council (UNC) has charged some Naga individuals of trying to throw confusion into the mind of the people.

The UNC also charged political parties and their functionaries of misusing the name and the interest of the Naga people and warned such elements that it would not tolerate mischievous activities.

Issuing this information to Newmai News Network today in Senapati, the UNC alleged that party politics are responsible for creating division in the Naga society.

"And it have been such people, who, inspite of being Nagas themselves sow seeds of division by placing party interest and greed for power before the burning and most important issue of the Naga people i.e.whether Nagas live together with their brethren or continue to live in bondage as minorities", pointed out the UNC.

The statement has been prompted by media reports in The Sangai Express on January 17 edition where Congress Committee Nungba Block, Tamenglong district and Langol Village Authority, Chandel district raised objections to the move of the UNC.

Mention may be made that as per media reports, the Chandel district body had termed UNC's stand on the poll as an act of dictatorship while the Congress unit asked UNC to stay away from the state politics.

The UNC today termed the statements of the two organisations from Chandel and Tamenglong districts as very unfortunate and accused that few Naga individuals are playing the spoilsport with selfish interest "even though they themselves are Naga by birth".

Explaining its stand, the Naga body said that under the aegis of the UNC, all Naga frontal organisations along with respective Naga tribe presidents and leaders of organisation concerned have organised a meeting on the UNC's "Position Paper on the 9th General Election, 2007, Manipur" in all district headquarters, sub-divisional headquarters and various selected centres of the Naga areas where the response of the Naga people have been overwhelming.

"On Janaury 16, 2007 at Taphou Naga village, Senapati, 60 intending candidates willingly came on their own volition and gave their declarations in support of the initiatives taken up by the UNC as per the Position Paper (of the UNC)", claimed the Naga body.

The UNC then quipped that declaration given by the Naga intending candidates indicates that they will accept the consensus candidates determined by the Naga people "and not by money or muscle power or other narrow and selfish considerations of few individuals".

The UNC then assured that the Naga people through the UNC and the Naga tribal units, traditional organisations with their based and basis down to the villages, clans and families will decide the consensus candidates and there is no dictatorship or partiality.

"If difficult exercise is issue based and the consensus candidates will emerge in the Naga way and it will be for the larger interest", expressed the United Naga Council.