A day after Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio, came out with a statement to clear air over his comments on the issue of Naga integration, the Naga People’s Front on Thursday appreciated the chief minister for admitting that the demand for integration of contiguous Naga inhabited areas was genuine.

NPF, however, questioned the reason for his purported “declaration” that integration was not possible anymore. The NPF asked why the chief minister had to demean himself so low as to succumb to external forces thereby compromising the future of the Nagas.

Stating that chief minister Neiphiu Rio embarrassed himself when he blamed the media for misquoting his June 12 statement in New Delhi, NPF said it was done as an excuse to escape the glaring eyes of the public.

It said that Naga people expected the present PDA government to carry forward the long cherished dream and aspirations of the Naga people to live as one. However, NPF said chief minister’s interview with the media declaring that integration was no more possible shocked the Naga people.

NPF also said that Nagas have every right to question the chief minister under what circumstances or obligation the PDA government bargained with the Central Government the long cherish dream of the Naga people.

Further, NPF expressed dismay at the chief minister for avoiding clarification on the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016. It said Naga people want to know on what ground his government would not oppose the Bill that has caused uproar in the country.

NPF alleged that Rio and his cohorts were well aware that Nagaland has become the most vulnerable state when it comes to infiltration of the illegal immigrants.