Following the Ao Senden’s decision to dissociate from the Naga Hoho, the Senden’s federal units-- Dimapur, Mokokchung town, Mon, Tuensang, Wokha, Kohima, Medziphema and Chumukedima- resolved to fully endorse and support the Senden’s decision- which was decided at a joint meeting held at ASTD treasurer’s residence, Dimapur on Tuesday.
Talking to media persons, a spokesman for the units, said that the eight reiterated that they would stand by the September 23 resolution of the Ao Senden to disassociate from the Naga Hoho in the event the Hoho failed to revoke “its consent on the Rongmei recognition issue,” within the 30-day deadline(which expired on August 31).
Confirming several reports about the immense pressure exerted on the Ao Senden constituents, the eight units today also appealed to the NSCN (I-M) Ao national workers to refrain/indulge from campaigning against the Ao Senden’s September 23 decision.
One of the representatives of a unit also told media persons that the Rongmei issue was an important matter, over which not only the Ao Senden but also other tribal apex bodies like Sumi Hoho and Lotha Hoho has also made their respective stands clear.
The representative cited the 30-day deadline served on Naga Hoho to rescind its endorsement to the state cabinet for recognition of Rongmei as indigenous tribe of Nagaland as sufficient time for deliberation
Since there was no positive response, he said the Central Nagaland Tribes Council resolved on July 22 and later reaffirmed at a meeting on August 24, by the constituent three apex tribal bodies-- Ao Senden, Lotha Hoho and Sumi Hoho—to reaffirm the course of action to follow in case of failure by the NH to comply with the demand.