UNC bars Gaikhangam in Naga areas

United Naga Council (UNC) on Thursday announced to boycott Congress party leader Gaikhangam who is also former deputy chief minister in “Naga areas” with immediate effect.

UNC said, it took the decision as “Gaikhangam, who represents Nungba assembly constituency as MLA and elected on Congress party’s ticket, in his cheap endeavour to become the Chief Minister of Manipur” has campaigned so much against the Naga political issue although he hails from the Naga community.

According to the Naga body, Gaikhangam will not be allowed by the Naga people to 'step into the Naga areas with immediate effect'. The UNC further said that no Naga individual, organisation or church should give “any platform” to Gaikhangam in "Naga areas".

UNC further warned that “unfortunate incident if arises because of invitation extended to Gaikhangam in Naga areas then those individuals and organisations behind the events and Gaikhangam himself should take full responsibility”.

According to UNC, the former Deputy CM has “crossed the limits by working against the Naga interest”. It said that “everybody knows Gaikhangam is working hard to become the CM by resorting to Naga bashing”.

UNC recalled the May 6, 2010 Mao Gate incident where “two students were killed and many injured in the security force firing” while barring NSCN-IM general secretary Th Muivah from going to his native village. “Gaikhangam was the Home Minister of Manipur when the Mao Gate incident happened,” said the UNC. It also said that few years later on August 30, 2014 in Ukhrul town two civilians were killed again by the state security forces. “During that time too, Gaikhangam was the Home minister,” UNC pointed out.

The Naga body also mentioned the “three anti tribal bills” of Manipur “because of which several people were killed by the state forces in Churachandpur”.

“When we think of all these ugly episodes there is no reason why we should not bar this person from entering our territory,” asserted the UNC.

The Naga body further said that the “declaration of UNC as unlawful organisation by the Congress Legislature Party (CLP)” and the creation of the new districts without consulting the stakeholders on December 8, 2016 “by the Government under the leadership of Ibobi Singh and Gaikhangam have been noted well by the Nagas”.

“Any Naga individual, organisation or church giving platforms to Gaikhangam in Naga areas will be taken as a challenge to the Naga people,” UNC warned.

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