Head of NSCN (Khole-Kitovi) citing old age

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The head of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khole-Kitovi) group, has resigned reportedly because of his old age causing ‘hindrance’ in work for ‘the Naga cause,’ a source said on Friday.

Khole Konyak’s decision to step down comes days after the NSCN faction withdrew its support to the Naga peace accord. The source close to the self-styled ‘General’ Khole, who was formerly with the NSCN-Khaplang, also said he was waiting for the acceptance of his resignation by other senior members of the group.

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“Khole Konyak has submitted his resignation. Recently, he openly said in a meeting that he wanted to retire. He said his age is not supporting him. Mentally he is not prepared and said he felt physically weak,” the source told IANS.

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NSCN (Khole-Kitovi) was formed on June 7, 2011, by Kitovi Zhimoni, till then the self-styled ‘prime minister’ of NSCN-Khaplang’s underground government, and Konyak, co-founder of NSCN-(K).

Konyak later quit NSCN-(K) complaining of Khaplang’s dictatorial leadership.

The group recently withdrew its support to the Naga peace accord, signed between NSCN-(Isac-Muivah) and the central government on August 3, and sought a separate solution only for the Nagas of Nagaland.

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According to the source, Konyak has also sought immediate appointment of a new president for the group.

“Konyak is waiting for the acceptance of his resignation and wants to retire once his resignation is accepted,” said the source.

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