NEW DELHI: The Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim NSCN (IM) has expressed dissatisfaction over Nagaland Lok Sabha, Member of Parliament, Tokheho Yepthomi's presentation of the Naga political dialogue with the Indian government in the Lok Sabha on February 13.
A press statement issued by the NSCN (IM) on Sunday stated that the conspicuous failure of Tokheho Yepthomi is noticed when he could not even quote the correct date of the signing of the historic Framework Agreement, and usage of misplaced political terminology like Naga "underground" and "militants".
It further added that Yepthomi has failed to do proper homework that has left the Naga people seething with righteous anger.
"The manner of Nagaland Lok Sabha MP Mr. Tokheho Yepthomi's presentation of Naga case in Parliament leave much to be regretted. The historical and political dynamics are missing. The punch was, therefore found wanting," read the statement.
MP Yepthomi had raised the Indo-Naga issue during the zero hour in the budget session on February 12.
Yepthomi during his speech said that the political negotiation has been going on between Naga "undergrounds" and the government of India for the last twenty-three and half years.
"The framework has been signed on March 03, 2015, with the NSCN (IM) and another agreement has been signed in July 2017, and the interlocutor between the Naga Militants and Government of India said that the talk has been concluded on October 31, 2019," he said.
He further stated that the people of Nagaland from different organisations have given representation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah to come to a logical conclusion as it has already been twenty-three and half years.
He stated that on his query regarding the progress of the negotiations, he was informed that the talk is in progress, whereas the interlocutor cum Governor of Nagaland in his address at the 7th Session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly said that the talk has been concluded.
Citing the contradictory declarations made by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Governor of Nagaland R N Ravi, the MP stressed that the agreement should be made without further delay. "otherwise, this is not a state issue only but a national issue and it has taken 23 and half years," Yepthomi added.
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