The NSCN-IM on Thursday came down heavily of Nagaland minister for higher and technical education and the state BJP chief, Temjen Imna Along, for what the former termed as ‘nonsensical statements’ and ‘insensitive’ of the Naga people’s struggle and sacrifice.
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A communiqué issued by the NSCN-IM through its MIP stated that Along is trying hard ‘simply to be in good book of his political bosses in New Delhi’ and was talking in the manner making himself an authoritative person to decide the ‘political destiny’ of the Nagas.
The statement further said it was ‘unfortunate that a person of typical character like Temjen has appeared in the Naga political scenario’.
Along had earlier faced condemnation from various quarters for making a statement that Nagas were Indians.
It also accused Along of lowering the credibility of the Naga political leaders in defense of Naga’s national identity.
Denouncing Along for his ‘repeated statement that goes against the national interest of the Nagas’, the NSCN-IM stated that the sanctity of Naga history should not to be tampered with for vested interests.
NSCN-IM has further asked Along to ‘reconcile’ himself to the ground reality of Naga national identity in the context of the ongoing Indo-Naga political talks and stand himself as a responsible Naga ‘lest he face further condemnation from the Nagas’.