The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) on Saturday demanded resignation of Shamator-Chessore MLA S Keoshu Yimchunger to uphold the credentials of the Yimkhiung Tribal Council (YTC) before the people and for betraying the Congress party.

Pradesh Congress president K Therie, in a release, said the Congress agreed with the YTC not to field its candidate in the byelection to Shamator-Chessore Assembly constituency in October last year as the ruling alliance in the state assured to upgrade Shamator sub-division to the district if the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) candidate Yimchunger was returned uncontested in the by-poll.

The NDPP candidate was elected unopposed in the byelection which amounts to paying in advance for the promise, the NPCC said.

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“We have trusted YTC and refrained from filing nominations in support of Shamator’s upgradation to a district”, Therie said.

The YTC launched an indefinite agitation on January 3 demanding the creation of Shamator district out of Tuensang district.

Therie said the ruling alliance’s promise was taken as a sincere and honest commitment. “Such dishonesty is not expected from an experienced chief minister,” he added.

The NPCC said the unrest created in the minds of the Yimkhiung community in the matter of granting the district to Shamator is the result of a commitment without application of mind.

“The government is in the know that there has been a history of over 35 years between Yimkhiung and Tikhir. Therefore unmindfully, they have committed”, it said.

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The Pradesh Congress said as such, the formation of a third-party committee to negotiate with the civil society organisations is with the intent to delay and shift the responsibilities. The state cabinet on Friday decided to constitute a third-party committee to deliberate on the issue of the creation of the Shamator district.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com