Mokokchung, 1 April (MTNews): The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) on Monday said the recent discourses in the public domain on the ENPO’s demand for Frontier Nagaland Territory, including the Press Statement issued by its former president K Therie, former Minister on 31 March 2024, has necessitated the reiteration of the party’s stance on the issue.

The NPCC also clarified that the said statement of K Therie’s reflects his personal opinion and should in no way be construed as the party’s official position.

It may be mentioned here that the former Nagaland Congress President and Ex-Finance Minister, K Therie, had called for the intervention of the Governor of Nagaland in addressing the ENPO’s decision to boycott the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Terming the boycott as a constitutional breakdown, Therie had urged the state’s governor to facilitate discussions with the government to resolve the issue promptly.

“As far as our opinion is concerned, we strongly believe that the demand of ENPO is genuine and we are totally behind them in this Just Movement,” the NPCC said on Monday.

It went on to say that the NPCC “stand behind them in the realisation that this demand of theirs is the result of a history of serious grievances, and is coming from a place of drastic trust deficit.”

“The fact that successive governments during the last decade or so in the State as well as the centre has managed to only widen the dissonance with their complete lack of empathy and abject political mediocrity can’t be emphasized enough,” the NPCC further said.

“And while we acknowledge the merits of the concerns raised by a section of the political class in the state regarding the manner and the style of the intervention adopted by ENPO in this matter, we also recognize the lack of viable platforms available to them to escalate their demand within the ambit of conventional democratic norms,” the NPCC observed.

“We had time and again underscored the perils of promoting a governance system built on the premises of a plan that doesn’t accord adequate space for the opposition bench, and this we believe is one of the major reasons for the ENPO’s current choice of agitation,” the NPCC maintained.

“We believe that as far as this issue is concerned, all stakeholders have had their say and come up short, and that the only way forward to ensure a closure that keeps the dignity and aspirations of our sisters and brothers from ENPO areas should be one where their voice takes the sole and final call,” the NPCC said.

The NPCC also asked the Government of India to “accept the demand put forth by ENPO, and to refrain from taking any steps that are in contravention to spirit of the ENPO resolutions.”

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