UZYF condemns Nagaland BJP chief’s statement, demands clarification

By FrontierManipur | Published On 15th Jun, 2021, 10:26 GMT+0530

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“He may be rewarded or elevated to different lucrative positions by the Central government for “humiliating unique political rights and history of the Nagas”, yet the posterity shall never ever forget such treacherous venom and fallacy”.

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United Zeliangrong Youth Federation condemned the recent statement by Nagaland BJP chief on the constitution and demanded Temjen Imna Along to immediately withdraw and clarify his statement “in the larger interest of the Nagas and take time to study the history of the Nagas written by many renowned historians to understand more about his identity and origin”. 

BJP Nagaland State Unit president Temjen Imna Along had, in a recent TV interview, reportedly said: “We know that, any solution that would come should be under the constitution of India and it should be under the Indian union. So anything that is good for the Naga people under the constitution of India should be pursued and should be done with”. 

The irresponsible statement has undermined the Naga people in its struggle towards a just future, said the Nagaland based UZYF in a release on Monday. 

Lashing out at the BJP leader, the federation states that the person who claims to represent his people failed to take cognizance of the plight of its people. It has clearly proved beyond doubt that he doesn’t respect the sentiments and emotions of his people. 

“What is more damaging is that a person without moral integrity and who doesn’t know the political history of the Naga people seems to occupy a very important place in the state as President of BJP Nagaland state unit and Minister of Higher Education and Tribal Affairs”. 

UZYF further asserted that Along must understand that the long-drawn Naga political issue is so dear to every Naga soul. However, he refused to take notice of the sacrifices made by the Naga people as a whole who had sacrificed their lives for the cause of the Naga nation, it added.

The federation also contended that the Nagas are divided today because of a person like Along who does not even hesitate to “betray his own people for his own personal gain”. He may be rewarded or elevated to different lucrative positions by the Central government for “humiliating unique political rights and history of the Nagas”, yet the posterity shall never ever forget such treacherous venom and fallacy, it asserted. 

“If the Naga political issue can be resolved within the constitution of India, why has there been Armed struggle for more than 70 years and the peace negotiations? Why is there a need for a cease-fire agreement and the signing of Framework Agreement? Why the 16-point Agreement and the infamous Shillong Accord of 1975 could not end the Naga Armed movement?” 

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