ANSAM asks Naga MLAs to quit
Source: The Sangai Express

Dimapur, July 13 (NNN): Even as the All Naga Students� Association, Manipur (ANSAM) has intensified its agitation, it has asked all the Naga MLAs and Ministers in the Manipur Legislative Assembly to resign saying that the �Naga identity and dignity cannot be safeguarded under the present arrangement of Manipur State under any circumstances�.

The ANSAM in a statement said that at this momentous point of the struggle, the Nagas in Manipur have come to their conscious realization and have unitedly resolved that it would not be possible to live with dignity under the present State of Manipur.

The Naga students also stated that ANSAM issued �this public call for strengthening the ongoing non-cooperation movement which was launched in the four Naga hill districts of Tamenglong, Chandel, Ukhrul and Senapati against the Manipur Government�s coercive and belligerent attitude towards a peaceful assertion of the Naga peoples' democratic will�.

It further asserted that the Naga peoples' movement has the overwhelming support of all Nagas throughout the length and breath of Naga homeland signifying the genuine desire to live together under one administrative unit.

Therefore, at this crucial juncture, the ANSAM appeal to all the Naga representatives of Manipur Legislative Assembly to resign complying with the democratic aspirations of the people and to come together towards positively contributing in achieving this cherish goal,� said the ANSAM statement.

Meanwhile, the Naga Students� Federation (NSF) has begun its �full scale agitation� in support of unification of the contiguous Naga inhabited areas by imposing indefinite economic blockade on the highways linking Manipur.

The NSF stated �unification of the Naga homeland is the wish of the Naga people whose territory had been arbitrarily divided into various administrative units without the knowledge and consent of the Naga people�.

The NSF statement further said that the �adversaries of the Nagas misconstrued the natural gesture of peace, love and hospitality of Nagas as weakness and acceptance to dictation of their wishes which would no longer be tolerated�.