Ridiculing ruling Naga People’s Front’s (NPF) claim that the recent
electoral "success" of the regional party in Manipur was "a forward
journey of Naga integration," Nagaland Pradesh Congress today said the
Nagas in the neighbouring state rejected the NPF’s campaign for
political integration during the electioneering.
NPCC, in a statement here, said it was a "shame" for NPF to "boast of
their so-called achievement" by winning only four seats in the Manipur
assembly election after contesting in 12 segments of the Naga inhabited
areas of the hill districts.
The NPF had earlier claimed that despite its debut in electoral politics
in Manipur, the regional party bagged four seats paving a forward
journey for Naga political integration.
But NPCC maintained that the NPF had put the Nagas of Manipur to a
"disadvantaged position" by causing further confrontation with the
Meiteis, insisting that the regional party’s achievement was in fact a
"backward journey to integration."
NPCC pointed out that out of 20 assembly seats in the hill districts,
Congress won 14 seats while the NPF managed to get just four, which
means that "only 1/5th of the people" had supported NPF’s idea of
integration and the majority of the Naga people rejected the campaign.
Despite United Naga Council’s (Manipur) opposition to the Congress party
and declaring full support to the NPF, the "right thinking Nagas"
realized that under the present circumstances, the territorial
integration of Naga inhabited areas of India and Myanmar were
impossible, the statement said. More
Asserting that the people wanted "emotional integration and not
territorial integration," the NPCC said "when territorial integration is
not achievable, our brothers and sisters of Manipur understood that
they have to live in harmony with the Meiteis, the majority community in
Referring to NPF’s announcement that it would contest in future
elections in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, the NPCC said the regional
should first ask the people of the two neighbouring states if they are
ready for territorial integration.
Meanwhile, Nagaland Health and Family Welfare minister Kuzholuzo Neinuo
attending a cultural programme at Ukhrul (Manipur) yesterday urged the
Nagas to keep the "Naga political agenda" alive through unity, saying
the winning of four seats by NPF had fulfilled the dream and prayer of
Attending "seed sowing festival" of Tangkhul community, the minister
said though the NPF had made a maiden entry with the winning of four
seats, the "integration would be a reality one day."
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader and former finance minister K Therie,
in a separate statement here, said that Nagaland was "on the verge of
disintegration" when the NPF leaders were fighting for Naga integration
Reacting to statements of chief minister Neiphiu Rio and NPF president
and urban development minister Shurhozelie that the demand of Eastern
Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) for a "Frontier Nagaland" was with
New Delhi, Therie pointed out that they (NPF leaders), on the other
hand, were fighting for integration elsewhere.
Therie said the attitude of the NPF leaders only explained the "insult
to injury of social, economic and political injustice, deprivation and
suppression" of the eastern Nagas as claimed by the ENPO.
The Congress leader alleged that "pride, ego, fear and shameless
selfishness" were responsible for the "disintegration of Nagaland" and
the inability of the NPF leaders to own up mistakes for the wrongs was
"dividing Nagaland into sections and factions."