Bold statement : UNC
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 23: The United Naga Council (UNC), which is spearheading the Naga integration movement, has termed MP Mani Charenamei's statement on behalf of the Nagas as bold.

"He is the right representative of the Naga people.

We strongly support his bold statement made in the Parliament," said S Milan, a leader of the council, an umbrella body Naga civil societies.

Since the UPA had assured him of reviewing the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) Mani on Tuesday told the Parliament that he would support the Congress in the trust vote that came in the wake of the Left parties withdrawing support to the UPA Government over the Indo-US nuclear deal.

"We also express our heartfelt gratitude towards the UPA govt for giving such assurance to review the CMP.

This being the case we strongly hope that the long cherished dream of the Nagas of the region to integrate them under one geographical and administrative entity would be fulfilled," Milan said.

"Our MP is going in the right perspective and we are thankful to him.

He is the right person who truly voiced on behalf of all Nagas.

Now we have the strong belief to bring about a permanent solution to the decades old Naga issue," he said adding in the context of Indian constitution it is legal to merge all Naga inhabited areas within the country.

The UNC, which has successfully projected six Naga MLAs in Manipur legislative assembly, had in February reacted strongly on the hue and cry raised by various political parties over the inclusion of the 16 point agreement (endorsing greater Nagaland) in the Nagaland PCC manifesto.

In July last year Charenamei along with UNC backed six Naga MLAs submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding integration of all Naga inhabited areas.

In the following month UNC said all Naga representatives have their unfettered rights to speak on behalf of all Naga people both inside and outside the house.

As part of its ongoing Naga integration campaign, the UNC had even decided to give Naga household tax either to Nagaland government or to the centre.