NSCN (K) heads for another split

• Nyemlang Konyak ‘appointed’ as Chairman
• Yung Aung-led NSCN (K) expels three 


Dimapur, July 29 (MExN): The National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) seem to be headed for another split, with two splinter groups issuing separate statements on Wednesday.

While the first statement informed about the appointment of a new Chairman/President after charges were put up against the current chairman Yung Aung on the lines of “conniving, the other side also issued a statement expelling three for anti-party activities.

According to the statement, at a plenary meeting chaired by pro-tem Speaker Lt Gen Niki Sumi on July 28, “the entire civil and military wings unanimously came to a decision to appoint Lt Gen (Rtd) Nyemlang Konyak Naga as the Chairman/President of NSCN/GPRN and Starson lamkang Naga as General Secretary/Ato Kilonser of NSCN/GPRN respectively.”

“This appointment was mandated and necessitated by the void created and the unbecoming of a president by the former president Yung Aung who has been found in direct contravention of the provisions of the Yehzabo,” the  release from the  MIP (in-charge) stated.

The group alleged that Yung Aung, in “violation of the very fundamental tenets of the Yehzabo and the conventions of NSCN/GPRN,” acted alone and “tried to change the official seal of the GPRN by dispatching a newly self designed seal to be used officially.” It was rejected outright by all the officials of NSCN/GPRN, the statement claimed. 

It further alleged that the former president, “clandestinely established relationship and connived with NSCN (IM)…who have categorically stated in no uncertain terms and signed the 2015 accord to be included under the ambit of Indian constitution.” 

Terming it as “a direct challenge to the mandate of the Naga people” and an attempt to “sabotage and undermine Naga Sovereign Rights,” it claimed that “the former president has lost all mandate of the Nagas.” 

It claimed that despite “watertight charges” against him, the NSCN/GPRN "patiently waited" nearly 2 years, for the former President "to come to his senses and do right by the Naga people.” However, it claimed that he "deserted NSCN/GPRN and unofficially defected to NSCN (IM) and since then has been doing the bidding of NSCN (IM) under the directive of Indian government to sabotage and suppress our sovereign political rights.”.

As such, it declared that the former president “has been found guilty of serious dereliction of duty and conniving with elements trying to derail our sovereign political rights.”

Yung Aung-led NSCN (K) responds

Meanwhile, the Yung Aung-led NSCN (K) on July 29 issued a statement expelling Lt Gen Niki Sumi, Starson and Lt Gen Nyemlang “for anti-party activities with immediate effect.”

The statement from the outfit’s MIP held them in contempt against the party for “organizing illegal meetings without authorization from the party, failing to report to Council Headquarters even after repeated callings, heavy misappropriation of party fund and encouraging spread of ‘ism’ and divisive policies within the party.”

“Due to the above reasons, their expulsion becomes a necessity to save the party and our national struggle from further destruction,” the release stated.

It further cautioned that “any party members conniving with the expelled officials will be automatically terminated from the party membership.”

This is the second such split in the NSCN (K) after the demise of its founder SS Khaplang on June 9, 2017. 

While Khango Konyak assumed charges, he was ousted in an apparent ‘coup’ by the Yung Aung in August 2018. 

Later in October, Khango entered India and thereafter joined ongoing Indo-Naga political dialogue in January 2019. as part of the Working Committee of National Political Groups.