DIMAPUR, NOV 4 (NPN) : Reacting to the “unwarranted political situation created by the so-called Action Committee Against Unabated Taxation (ACAUT)” NSCN (I-M) through it MIP said it was compelled it to “break its silence” and inform Naga people in particular and the world in general, of its stand on collection of taxes.
NSCN (I-M) asserted that it obtained the mandate from the ‘National Assembly’ after the “failure and surrender” of the NNC to the “enemies through the Shillong Accord(1975)” . NSCN (I-M) said it “is a recognised entity” accepted by the world community and even the government of India as the only “authentic political organisation of the Nagaland people” running the “Naga national government” for decades and defending the historical and political rights of the Nagas.
NSCN (I-M) said Nagas have been paying taxes to it for decades, and so had “every legitimate right to levy taxes from the people” being the “ organisation upholding the righteous cause of the Naga nation”. It asked “what is ACAUT” and what authority its committee had “ to dictate the Naga people or NSCN?”. It said ACAUT did not respect the gestures of the NSCN(I-M)leadership when they attempted to bring understanding with ACAUT.
NSCN(I-M) described the October 31 rally in Dimapur as an “acrimonious rally” fully backed by “Indian armed forces” and what situation ACAUT wanted to create with the “militarised rally”. On ACAUT’s stand of “ One government, one taxation”, NSCN (I-M) asked, which government, who was running it and to whom should tax be paid? It advised ACAUT to “have the courage to speak out the truth”.
NSCN (I-M) also slammed ACAUT for sharing the platform with “anti-national elements, retired and worn out Indian government officers and agents of Indian intelligence wing” whom it accused of “continuously spreading manipulated and concocted lies that has been poisoning the minds of the Nagas through mass media”.
It said ACAUT has “unwittingly or deliberately become the platform of those anti-Naga national elements” propagating hatred and sowing seeds of dissension among the Nagas “ in the name of unabated taxation”. NSCN (I-M) asked ACAUT whether it was “too blind to see that more than 80 organisations” including DMC were extorting taxes?
NSCN (I-M) asked Naga Council “ the proprietor of ACAUT” to “chastise your pampered child so that Nagas are not hoodwinked and serious misunderstanding does not arise between us” and warned it will not remain a silent spectator to the “challenge placed before the Naga people” nor allow the hard earned peace process to be undermined in the name of “unabated taxation or any pretext”.
Further, NSCN (I-M) said it has taken a very serious view of the “situation created” by the ulterior motive of ACAUT to tarnish its image before the world and “jeopardise the Indo-Naga political dialogue” and weaken the Naga cause. NSCN (I-M) said battle lines have been drawn once again between the “patriots on one hand and the traitors and reactionaries combined, on the other”.