History made as NPF in Manipur launched

NPF President Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu and other party officials declaring the launching of the NPF Manipur unit at Tamhazam (Senapati) district, Manipur, on Saturday.
 
Senapati (Tamhazam) | May 28 : The ‘Cock’, the symbol of Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF), the oldest regional political party in the North East, has finally come to roost in the hills districts of Manipur with the formal launching of the party unit in Manipur at Senapati town on Saturday. Thousands of Southern Nagas from the four hills districts of Senapati, Ukhrul, Tamenlong and Chandel congregated at public ground, Senapati, to witness the flag hoisting and declaration programme of the NPF Manipur unit.
Amidst the clapping and cheers of the crowd, NPF president Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu hoisted the blue-white-red flag of the party with the cock, a sacred and ceremonial bird of the Nagas, poised in the middle of the flag. After the initial apprehensions and the long journey from Kohima, the mood in the NPF party was nothing less than ecstatic.
Earlier, in the morning the scene at Mao Gate resembled a repeat of the May 6, 2010, incident when NSCN/GPRN general secretary Th. Muivah was prevented by the Manipur police commandoes from crossing the inter-state border. After initial hiccups, more than 150 vehicles comprising of the chief minister’ convoy and NPF party cavalcade led by the party president Shurhozelie made a grand entry to Senapati.
Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio later told the gathering that the Manipur government gave the clearance to cross the border only when his convoy reached Jakhama. The bandh imposed by the United Council Manipur did not dampen the spirit of Nagas coming from Ukhrul and other districts.
Though the powerful Meira Paibies (Manipuri Women organization) stopped and delayed 40 vehicles ferrying Naga passengers from Imphal at Sekmai for hours on end, the Naga passengers could, in the end, attend the NPF launching programme.
Besides the NPF president and Nagaland chief minister, various speakers including Nagaland Planning and Coordination minister and in-charge Manipur NPF unit, TR Zeliang, Nagaland Lok Sabha MP, CM Chang, NPF Manipur unit, G Gaingam and general secretary S Kho John, also addressed the gathering.
Among others DAN ministers, parliamentary secretaries and MLAs including PHED minister Dr. Ngangshi, Planning & Coordination minister TR Zeliang, central NPF officials who attended the programme included secretary general KG Kenye, vice president Pusazo Luruo, general secretaries T Shuya and Blaise Eheilung.
 
Shurhozelie, Rio declare support for Naga integration
 
Morung Express News
Senapati (Tamhazam) | May 28

The Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF) on Saturday made a bold declaration that “integration” of Nagas is a birth right that cannot be negotiated at any cost. “Integration is our birth right, our fundamental right,’ declared NPF President Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu at the launching programme of the NPF Manipur unit at
Tamhazam (Senapati) district, Manipur, on Saturday. In the same breath, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio said that it is the duty of every Naga to have a feeling of ‘Pan Naga’ and that Nagas should be integrated “politically, emotionally, socially and culturally.”
“Whatever people may say, we will go ahead and support Naga integration. Nagas are one family and if we have the desire to live together, nobody can stop us,” Shurhozelie said and added that NPF and Nagas will continue to fight till Nagas achieve this aspiration. “In saying that Nagas want to live together, we have not done nothing anything against our neighbours,” the veteran regionalist said. He also said that it was high time that Nagas seize the opportunity of the “historic” moment (launching of the NPF party in Manipur) and make it a “people’s movement.”
Dwelling on the NPF’s motto “Fide non armies” (through faith and not through arms), the NPF president said that the NPF party has no hidden agenda but that its expansion was in line with the party slogan “Peace for development and development for peace.”
Shurhozelie and chief minister Neiphiu Rio have been credited as the architects behind the NPF expansion in Naga inhibited areas outside Nagaland.
Supplementing the NPF president’s assertion on Naga integration, Rio said, “For our neighbours, they have to bear the truth because the truth will prevail.”  In his ‘unique’ and inimitable Naga style, Rio assured that the “seeds that we have sown finally will germinate and bear fruits.”
 Both the NPF president and Rio also impressed upon the NPF party workers to forego their personal interests and work for the greater benefit of Nagas as a whole.
 
Green signal from Manipur govt at last minute
 
Newmai News Network
Imphal | May 28

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio and his team were allowed at last by the Manipur government and hence the launching ceremony of the Manipur unit of Naga People’s Front (NPF) went off peacefully at Senapati headquarters today. Till 8 am today the situation was highly charged up at the Nagaland-Manipur border and also in other parts of the state, as state forces from Manipur and Nagaland were in the confrontational mood.
The Manipur security forces who were camping in Senapati district since Friday afternoon positioned themselves to bar Nagaland chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and other delegates from Nagaland to participate in the party launching ceremony at Senapati district headquarters. On the other hand, state security forces from Nagaland were in complete preparedness that Neiphiu Rio and his team faced no confrontation from any quarters. The scene was a reminder of last year’s impasse over Thuingaleng Muivah’s attempted visit to Ukhrul.
At around 8 am, when the long tail of Neiphiu Rio’s entourage of 105 vehicles reached Jakhama heading for Senapati headquarters, a green signal came from the Manipur government that the Nagaland chief minister’s team would be allowed to enter Manipur. On reaching Senapati district headquarters, the deputy commissioner and the superintendent of police, Senapati district received the Nagaland chief minister on behalf of the Manipur state government.
Meanwhile, talking to reporters today in Imphal Manipur chief minister O Ibobi Singh said that the state government had allowed the free passage of the Nagaland chief minister as the latter had assured the state government that his visit would not create any law and order problem in Senapati or elsewhere.