Ao Senden has highlighted clauses contained in the Nagaland Municipal Act 2001 which went against the constitutional protection accorded by the Constitution of India on ownership of land and resources and infringement on Naga social custom and usages by granting 33% reservation of seats in civic bodies to women.
Ao Senden in a memorandum addressed to the chief minister of Nagaland, has therefore demanded that amendment be made to the Nagaland Municipal Act 2001 by deletion of section 120(1)(a) of the Municipal Act 2001 dealing with “tax on land and building” as it would “snatch away ownership of land and building from the Nagas” within areas covered by Municipal and town councils.
Ao Senden president Imolemba Jamir and general secretary S.Panger Ao also pointed out that under various clauses of sections 120/123/144/182/194 in the said Act, would eventually render Nagas as landless/slave in their own land.
Ao Senden said this apprehension was contained in the memorandum submitted by Naga leaders to the Simon Commission in 1929.
Ao Senden also pointed out that the Municipal Act 2001 was passed by the 60 legislators elected by the Naga people despite the fact that the government of India protected Naga ownership and transfer of land as per Article 371A. Therefore, Ao Senden said, the Municipal Act 2001 was contradictory to the constitution.