Govt must respect Naga sentiment: Gaidon

STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 9th Apr: United Naga Council (UNC) is waiting for the final stand of the state government over the district creation issue and Naga people will respond accordingly if the government disrespects the sentiment and aspiration of Naga people.
This was stated by UNC president Gaidon Kamei on Monday.
Speaking to The People’s Chronicle, Gaidon recounted that during the last tripartite talk on March 23, it was agreed that the state government will finalise its stand over the demands of UNC by April 10.
“So far, the government has not given any response to UNC. However, we believe that the state government will give a positive response before expiry of the deadline,” Gaidon said, while adding that they will give negative response if they are not satisfied with the government’s decision.
Maintaining that UNC and Naga people will not compromise on any of their demands, he said that a general assembly held on April 5 had already resolved that the entire situation will depend on the nature and position of the government over the district issue.
Gaidon further said that UNC will consult the Naga people and start their own course of action if the final stand of the state government does not respect the sentiments of Naga people.
The UNC assembly resolved to demand revocation of the agreement made between the state government and some companies for oil and natural resources exploration/extraction while observing that the agreement was made without the consent of the Naga people, he continued.
The meet also opposed the ‘The Manipur Agriculture Produce and Livestock Marketing (Promotion and Facilitation) 2018 passed by the Manipur Legislative Assembly on February 23 and appealed to the Governor not to give her consent to the Bill. It also advised elected Naga representatives to uphold, defend and safeguard land, identity, history and legitimate rights of Nagas.

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