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Maharashtra minister implies ‘Nagaland not a part of India’?

Maharashtra Minister of women and Child Development and a Congress leader Yashomati Thakur on Tuesday implied that Nagaland is not a part of India. The incident was reported during the

Maharashtra Minister of women and Child Development and a Congress leader Yashomati Thakur on Tuesday implied that Nagaland is not a part of India.

The incident was reported during the Zonal Conference of States and Union Territories and stakeholders of the western region in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Yashomati Thakur, in the conference, talked about deportation to and from Nagaland after which Union Minister Smriti Irani interjected and said that Nagaland is a part of India and there is no deportation within Indian states.

The entire episode was captured on camera and the video has since gone viral on social media where people are seen trolling the Congress leader for her usage of words.

Congress leader Thakur was heard saying, “With some states and countries we do have a MoU but with the others, especially, coming from Nagaland are deported without any notification”

Smriti Irani soon interrupted the leader and said that when it comes to matters within the country, nomenclatures like deportation and MOUs are not used. We should be mindful that Nagaland is very much a part of India and Indians don’t get deported within the country, Irani added thus correcting the minister.

Meanwhile, reacting on the incident Sumi village Chief & commentator Kahuto Chishi Sumi, said, “I don’t like giving out opinion on things which are out of context but the minister should be ashamed of her level of ignorance.” He added that people of Nagaland and the Northeast should not be offended by such comments because people here are used to being treated as foreigners.

First Published: 13th April, 2022 18:14 IST

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