IMPHAL, May 26: The all political party meeting which was convened under the chairmanship of Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh this evening has further reaffirmed the decision of the state cabinet regarding the proposed launching of the Naga People`™s Front in the district headquarter of Senapati district in Manipur with a formal function on May 28.
According to a source, the meeting was held this evening to discuss the issue after the state cabinet had met in the morning on the issue.
The meeting discussed upon the issue of the Nagaland CM`™s proposed visit to Senapati district to launched the state unit of NFPF and it`™s possible effect on the state. The all party meeting further analysed a copy of the invite of the launching ceremony of the NPF Manipur state unit on May 28 and further opposed it in the strongest terms.
The meeting after a deliberate study of the NPF`™s aims and objective opposed that the Article II (2) (c) of its constitution states that `to work for unity and integrity of the people by integrating all contiguous Naga inhabited areas under one administrative roof and also to provide protection to all the ethnic groups who are indigenous inhabitants of the state`.
The meeting further opposed that this provision challenges the territorial integrity of neighbouring North Eastern states like Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur. “On this count, opening of the NPF unit in Manipur State at Senapati is strongly opposed by the meeting as it would lead to instability of Manipur State and spread disharmony among different communities therein.”
The source also mentioned that, the meeting of the all political parties categorically analyzed the provision of Article X (A)(1) of the Constitution also which clearly indicates that any membership of the NPF will extend only to the citizen of Nagaland and to no other. In this circumstances the proposed launching of the NPF Unit at Senapti District will tantamount to extension of the territory of Nagaland into the Manipur and other NE states to further and demand for creation of the Greater Nagaland.
The meeting then pointed out the NPF article X(A)(1) which states, “Any citizen of Nagaland who subscribes to the principles of the Nagaland People`s Front (NPF) shall be eligible for primary membership of the party.”
Meanwhile the meeting of the all political parties of the state was attended by senior cabinet minister Th. Devendra Singh, minister Phungzathang Tonsing and MPCC president Gaikhangam, representing INC, State Agriculture minister Ph Parijat Singh, CPI State Unit President L Iboyaima Singh, Sarat Salam and Yumnam Ratam Sing from CPI(M), Opposition leader MLA Radha Binod Koijam and Ch Ajang Khonmgsai of NCP Manipur Pradesh and Senior Opposition member MLA O Joy Singh from MPP.
The meeting further strongly opposed the setting up of the NPF in Senapati district of Manipur as it would lead to instability of Manipur state and spread disharmony among different communities therein.
The source also mentioned that the meeting of the all political parties this evening strongly opposed to the opening of a communal political party in Manipur as it would violate the peaceful co-existence of various communities in the state and the meeting further decided to send a copy each of the resolution to the Prime Minister of India, AICC president, Union Home Minister, Election Commission of India and to all the Chief Ministers of North-Eastern States.