The proposal put up by the Assam government to create Kuki Regional Autonomous Council to appease the Kuki militants is “a big surprise” and that it is “totally not in the interest of the son of the soil”, according to a press statement issued by Joseph Rengma, Kilonser and Supremo of Naga Rengma Hills National Workers on Saturday.
The statement then maintained that much the hyped visit of the Union Minister Amit Shat to Assam had created “unpleasant situation” in the Rengma Hills of Assam.
The proposal is certain to collide with the interest of the original indigenous inhabitants, the Rengma people, it further said. Significantly, the Rengma National Workers have taken a strong exception to this unjustified proposal, and this will certainly heat up the political climate in Rengma Hills as Rengma people will never allow Kuki Regional Autonomous Council to be set up in their lands, it added.
“We are also particularly against the memorandum submitted by Chief Executive Member (CEM) of Karbi-Anglong Shri Tuliram Ronghang to the Union Home Minister Mr. Amit Shah to implement Article 244 (A) to upgrade to the level of statehood, “ the statement further said.
The NSCN/GPRN statement warned that the Assam government and the center should not take hasty decision, lest more problems crop up.
The Kilonser emphatically stated that the interest of Kukis or Karbis should not be allowed to override the interest of the Rengma people as history clearly defined the political rights of the Rengma people in the Rengma Naga Hills.
As witnessed across the other parts of the world, when history is not respected revolutionary uprising follows, NSCN further said. “This is the natural repercussion when wrong is done to the people whose historical and political rights are willfully denied,” it added.