Assam objects Centre`s suggestion on Nagas’ status

Assam on Saturday objected to the Centre`s reported suggestion to grant a `supra state body` status to Nagas.

Updated: Nov 19, 2011, 17:43 PM IST

Guwahati: After Manipur, Assam on Saturday
objected to the Centre`s reported suggestion to grant a `supra
state body` status to Nagas settled across north-eastern
region.

"There is even no hint of creation of a supra state.
Before granting it, the government of India will certainly
consult us before taking such a step. But if it is created
then we will certainly oppose it," Assam Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi told reporters here.

"There is no basis till now for granting a supra state
body. Officially there is no such information. Our officers
have inquired about it and have received no information," he
said.

He said maybe it was Naga rebel group NSCN-IM that was
floating the idea of the `supra state body`.

"There will be problems if a supra state body is created.
Can problems be solved simply by creating autonomous councils
for different communities...more problems will instead be
created," he pointed out.

Elaborating, he said many Assamese, Bengalis and Tamils
resided in Delhi but would supra state bodies be created for
them there.

Government Spokesman and Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had
yesterday said the Assam government would take no steps which
would affect the geographical boundary of the state, which had
only some Zeme Nagas in North Cachhar Hills district who were
only encroachers.

Earlier, Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh had
written to the Centre seeking clarification on media reports
that the government was considering granting a `supra state
body` status to Nagas living in Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and
Arunachal Pradesh to enable them to preserve their culture,
identity and customary laws under one body.

PTI