TAHAMZAM: “Nagas are not communal and the relentless efforts to malign the articulations of the Nagas for their rights as communal and hate inciting must be countered with adequate response,” UNC has stated in a press release.
The press note from the Publicity Wing of the organisation informed that on March 28 at the Congress party rally held at Wangjing, Thoubal, where AICC Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and CM Ibobi blamed Nagas for the June 18, 2001, deaths of 18 rioters and arsonists. “Citing this and the people’s movement for political empowerment, Ibobi decreed that a Naga cannot be elected to the Parliament,” UNC informed. Further the note stated that Ibobi had made this statement in the presence of Rahul Gandhi, the general public, legislators and Ministers of the State Government. UNC alleging that Ibobi “made sure that no Naga was considered for the AICC ticket,” stated, “the communal despise and loath that Ibobi feels for Nagas and tribals is naked and blatant.”
Rio’s description of Ibobi “is not communal nor concocted but borne by facts,” UNC stated. UNC questioning where Ibobi would hide the fact that he did not allow Naga Negotiator, Muivah, to visit his native place, further stated instead, on May 6, 2010, “he killed two promising students at Mao gate and terrorised the Nagas and tribals by using his police commandos and IRBs all over the hill areas.” “It was his naked acts of hatred, where he abdicated his responsibilities as the Chief Minister of the entire state and acted as a Chief Minister of the dominant and communal elements that led to the declaration of the Naga people for the severance of ties with the Government of Manipur and demand an Alternative Arrangement outside the Government of Manipur,” UNC stated.
UNC further alleged that Ibobi objected to the launching of Manipur unit of the Naga Peoples’ Front, a political party registered with the Election Commission of India under Peoples’ Representation Act and to the visit of Neiphiu Rio, Chief Minister of Nagaland, to attend the same. A legitimate and constitutional act was opposed by Ibobi hurting the sentiments of the people, UNC stated. The press release further stated, “There are many more equally communal actions of Ibobi, which we have already brought into the public domain.”
Also appealing to the various armed groups to respect the wishes of the people to have a representative in the parliament to be the voice of our rights and aspirations, UNC stated, “It is our contention that the declaration of intent on this line was made after due process of consultation with the people and should be upheld and not undermined by narrow and sectarian considerations.”