Apropos allegations against me regarding helping in the formation of KNF and KNA in an article captioned “Naga-Kuki Conflict” by Shree Sira Kharay published in The Sangai Express on 20-09-2018, I like to clarify that I have no role in them.
In fact I came to know about their existence only when I attended a peace meeting in Moreh in the latter part of 1991 because of killing of some persons by insurgent. Without knowledge about their formation any payment is out of question, no such help was given anytime.
Finance Minister is responsible for preparation of State budget, withdrawal of duns therefrom and accountable for proper utilisation of funds provided in the budget. Channelising of any other funds, be it of RAW as alleged or any other funds being not within hiss domain, he has nothing to do or say about those.
With regards to the allegation about payments to other revolutionary organisations or persons of such organisation of whose existence I know nothing about, the less said the better about such concoction, Govt. provided security and relief to the extent possible.
Regarding alleged saying by me that “Nagas are our enemies and I shall take revenge on them” I like to state that I have never said it.
It is not only unthinkable because such a thing will be a poor reflection on my intelligence. Far from it, I still cherish the friendship of many Nagas, both in Nagaland and Manipur, besides having many close relatives through marriage of close relatives.
Similar friends have been acquired during my bureaucratic stint as well as during my tenure as a legislator for four consecutive terms in Manipur Legislative Assembly. I am one who wish that the ongoing talks between Indian Government and NSCN (IM) , now expanded of course, should be finalised soon with justice for all.
I always pray to God for healing our land.
Former Minister, Manipur