Senapati rally raises slogan to sever all ties with State Govt
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, May 31 2010: Around ten thousand Nagas staged a rally at Senapati district headquarters today demanding an everlasting solution to the decades old Naga problem.

The rally was taken out under the joint aegis of the UNC, NPO, Senapati District Women's Association (SDWA) and Senapati District Students' Association (SDSA).

The rally which began from Senapati Bazar traffic point at about 11 am raised a strong vocal protest against non-withdrawal of State forces from Mao Gate.

These bodies which organised the protest rally also categorically declared to sever all ties with the State Government.

Rally staged against the State Govt (inset) Ex-MP M Charenamei holding a flag of NSCN (IM)

They have been vociferously protesting the State Government's decision to prevent the NSCN (IM) 's general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah from visiting his native village in Ukhrul and the killing of two student protesters at Mao Gate.

After marching till the district forest office gate, the protesters returned to the starting point where a public meeting was held.

Interestingly most of the rallyists including Naga leader and ex-MP Mani Charenamei held 'Naga National flags'.

Charenamei, waving the flag and said "this flag is our future'.

The former MP condemned the Ibobi-led State Government for what he termed as "depriving the basic human rights of the Nagas" .

Commenting on the Autonomous District Council (ADC) polls, he said "it is a political poison as this Act deprives the rights of the hill people and if you cast your vote then politically you will become a dead man" .

Pointing out the consent given to the extension of Indo-Naga ceasefire in Naga areas in Manipur by the then Chief Minister Koireng Singh in 1964, Mani questioned the rationality of Ibobi Singh in rejecting it.

UNC president Samson Remei, who declared that the Nagas have severed all relations with the Manipur Government, said "we shall offer all for the realization of an honorable political settlement and for the integration of all Naga areas whereby we will live as a people under one political roof, free from domination and exploitation" .

Non-cooperation to a Minister who came to visit Noney recently was the first step taken up by the Nagas in severing ties with Manipur Government, Samson said.

"We will sort out our explicit strategies to delink from Manipur Government in all fronts," Samson said adding that the matter has already been intimated to the Centre.

"It is the wish of the Nagas that Muivah should visit his native place, meet with his people and share the progress of the peace efforts.The Naga people's movement is more than six decades old and the wish of every Naga is that lasting peace must be negotiated so that Nagas can live with their own people with the removal of artificial boundaries" .

The rallyists shouted slogans like "No rest till solution, we condemn Khumji incident, Killer Ibobi , terrorist Ibobi," and " one Naga, one Nation" .