‘Nothing can separate the Naga people’
Kohima | May 20: The NPF, which recently changed its nomenclature from ‘Nagaland Peoples’ Front’ to that of ‘Naga Peoples’ Front’, today hinted that the party may actively involve in the bye-elections necessitated out of the resignation of seven Naga MLAs from the Manipur Legislative Assembly in the wake of the violence that erupted at the Nagaland-Manipur border at Mao Gate out of NSCN (IM) leader Th. Muivah’s attempt to visit his native village, Somdal in Manipur state. Interacting with a section of the local media on the sidelines of the party’s donation of relief materials to the displaced Mao Nagas taking shelter at the Kisama relief camp, party youth president, Kakuto Shohe however said it is up to the people to decide. Asked on whether the party has intentions to field candidates to these constituencies, Shohe said the party is yet to decide on the issue.
Commenting on the change of the party’s nomenclature and its efforts to expand party activities beyond the state, the youth president said this was done to accommodate the large section of Nagas that are spread out and are divided by artificial boundaries. “As Nagas, we have no boundaries, we are of one blood and we have the political right to be together”, he asserted. He however said the NPF party is yet to set up political wings in Naga areas outside the state even as it is in constant contact with the people of these areas. “Under any circumstance, nothing can separate the Naga people”, he asserted. Also, insisting that the NPF is for the Nagas, he claimed each and every meeting of the party is dominated by the issue of the Naga people.
Commenting on the outcome of the May 6 violence at Mao Gate that resulted in the deaths of two students and injuries to scores of innocent civilians, he said the incident has rather brought the Nagas together and strengthened the stand of the Nagas to remain as one family. Meanwhile, a delegation of the NPF, led by its Treasurer, Phrenyumo today visited the displaced Mao villagers taking shelter at the Kisama Heritage Village and distributed huge quantities of essential food items procured from funds from the Central NPF. The team leader said the donation is a token of love and concern for the displaced Naga brothers and sisters from the party’s side. This, he said, should not be taken as the party favouring any particular group. The delegation included officials from the Central Office, Youth Wing, and various district units and women wing. During the visit, the members of the delegation also interacted with the victims and those supervising the relief camp.