GUWAHATI, March 31 - Alleging that successive governments in Assam have accorded their silent endorsement to the NSCN (I-M)�s proposed �Greater Nagalim� under pressure from the Centre, public activist Prof Deven Dutta has said that over the years State governments chose to turn a blind eye to the growing acts of encroachment and vandalism on Assam�s land by Naga miscreants.
�The State government had made a complete surrender to the Naga rebels as corroborated by the fact that Naga ultras and the Nagaland government had set up offices, hospitals and schools on Assam�s land to accord legitimacy to their claim over land belonging to Assam,� he said.
Referring to the widely reported statement of NSCN (I-M) chief Th Muivah about the Centre �agreeing� to the militant outfit�s demand for a �Greater Nagalim� with land from Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, Prof Dutta said it had been an open secret all along.
He questioned what right former chief ministers Prafulla Mahanta and Tarun Gogoi had to air their views on the matter after remaining �silent and inert� on the issue when they were CMs. He also criticised the AASU and ULFA for their silence on the matter.