Arunachal condemns NSCN (K) directives

Itanagar, March 8 (PTI): Setting aside their political differences, several parties in Arunachal Pradesh today condemned the reported move of the NSCN (K) in issuing ‘’directives’’ to elected representatives of Tirap and Changlang districts to withdraw support to the state government.
The outfit in a notice issued by its chief S S Khaplang, set a March 10 deadline for the MLAs to withdraw support to the government or ‘’face dire consequences’’. Condemning the NSCN (K)’s reported directive, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) termed it the handiwork of some persons with vested interests. “Arunachal has nothing to do with the Naga peace process and the outfit has no right to interfere with state’s elected government,” the party said in a statement.
The Dorjee Khandu-led government has not only ensured the equal distribution of all state and central government funds among all the districts, it has also established a separate Department of Tirap and Changlang to look after the specific affairs of both the districts, the statement said.
All the Congress MLAs are united and have full faith in Khandu’s leadership, it further pointed out. State NCP unit president Ngurang Pinch has expressed concern over the outfit’s threat to legislators with “dire consequences if they fail to oblige.”
Factional fights between the NSCN (K) and NSCN (IM) have turned the area into a battleground with the situation remaining alarming for a considerable period of time and has caused untold misery to the people affecting their development, Pinch said. The state government seems to be doing precious little to reverse the situation to bring back peace, he added. The NCP has urged the state government to come up with a strong stand to discourage the recurrence of such incidents. Both the BJP and the All India Trinamool Congress have expressed concern over the interference of NSCN (K) in the state’s politics.