Former NSCN-IM steering committee convener Hutovi Chishi clarifies

'What was simply a matter of normal change of guard in NSCN’s Steering Committee has been blown out of proportion'.


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Executive member and former convener of the Steering Committee, NSCN-IM, Hutovi Chishi on Sunday stated that he was taken aback and disturbed at what is being floated in social media and PTI sourced print media reports following his exit as convener of the Steering Committee.

“What was simply a matter of normal change of guard in NSCN’s Steering Committee has been blown out of proportion with venomous manipulation which does not reflect my thoughts and emotions in any manner,” stated a release signed by executive member Hutovi Chish. 

This is no doubt the handiwork of anti-NSCN elements prodded by IB (Intelligence Bureau) to create cracks within the organisation, it stated. ‘’I am rather highly indebted to our Collective Leadership for entrusting upon me to shoulder such a responsibility to serve the organisation as co-convenor and convener of the Steering Committee, NSCN,” it added.  

Further, it stated that the assignment of portfolio and other political designation is allotted in accordance with the discretion of the collective leadership. NSCN has stood the test of time as a cohesive organisation, with unflinching commitment from the members and shall remain as a cohesive force in Naga political affairs, it stated. “Needless to reiterate my political stand, I regret that this unfortunate incident occurred which never reflects my face value as a humble NSCN member,” it added. 

First Published:Jan. 24, 2021, 9:05 p.m.

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