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Naga bodies threaten to ostracise MLAs who attend Manipur special assembly session

Manipur assembly has ten Naga MLAs including four from Naga People’s Front, which is a part of the government, one MLA from the ruling BJP, four who won on a Congress ticket and one from National People’s Party.

india Updated: Aug 24, 2018 12:55 IST
Sadiq Naqvi
Sadiq Naqvi
Hindustan Times, Guwahati

Naga legislators and other members and organisations of the community, who choose to attend the Manipur assembly’s special session or any meeting on peace talks, would be tagged as “anti-nationals” and barred from entering Naga territories, a declaration passed by two influential tribal bodies has said.

Concerned over the Manipur government’s “attempts to sabotage” the Naga peace talks, United Naga Council, an umbrella body of Nagas in Manipur, and Naga Hoho, the pan Naga organisation, held a joint review meeting in Senapati in Manipur on Thursday.

One of the resolutions passed in the meeting said: “any Naga elected representative, political leader, political party unmandated or unauthorised Naga individual or group shall not attend or participate in any assembly or meeting that will sabotage the Indo-Naga peace process.”

The resolution also cautioned “anyone defying the Naga political principle and its position shall be treated as anti-national and their entry banned in Naga areas.”

“The Manipur government is trying to sabotage the peace talks from day one. The state government had planned a special assembly session on August 16. The session has been postponed but there is pressure to hold it soon,” Gaidon Kamei, the president of United Naga Council, said.

“Even if the Naga MLAs attend the session and voice contrary opinion their voices will not be heard,” Kamei said.

Manipur assembly has ten Naga MLAs including four from Naga People’s Front, which is a part of the government, one MLA from the ruling BJP, four who won on a Congress ticket and one from National People’s Party.

Demands for the integration of Naga areas or Greater Nagalim by Naga groups involved in peace talks with the Centre have seen opposition in other states, including Manipur which sees it as an attack on the state’s territorial integrity.

The Centre and NSCN (IM) had signed a framework agreement in 2015.

First Published: Aug 24, 2018 12:55 IST