ITANAGAR, April 7 � A strong wave of protest prevails in Itanagar, the seat of power in Arunachal Pradesh, these days following the reported entry of Nagaland People�s Front (NPF) into the political arena of this strategically-located border State.
The Dorjee Khandu-led Congress government in Arunachal has also drawn flak with the Save Arunachal Forum, a pressure group being headed by former Congress Minister Kahfa Bengia, criticizing the government for maintaining silence over the issue ever since the controversy was stirred by the Nagaland political party in the recent past.
The Save Arunachal Forum (SAF), while flaying the Khandu government for its �deliberate silence� over the contentious issue, appealed the chief minister to immediately convene an all-party meeting �to take a firm stand� in the best interest of the State.
�The NPF�s move to form its party unit in Arunachal should be treated as most unfortunate and it should be rejected outright by every right thinking people of Arunachal Pradesh,� said the Forum, in a statement here.
It went on to add, �The idea of Nagaland People�s Front to safeguard the interest of Nagas is simply not acceptable as this trend would set a dangerous precedent in the peaceful state of Arunachal.�
The Forum came up with a suggestion that the focus should be more on making the Directorate of Tirap and Changlang Affairs more relevant and realistic for the people of the area concerned.
�We should be concerned more on innovating ideas to remove the regional imbalances afflicting the various corners of the state rather than blindly accepting the non-feasible political ideas which would bring nothing but despair, doom and darkness in the political history of the State,� stated Bengia.