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NH, ENPO 15-day ultimatum on CM

Published on 11 Dec. 2016 12:26 AM IST
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Demands restoration of Sept 22, 2012 resolution
Not to issue notification for Municipal polls
To ask JACWR to withdraw the PIL

In a significant development with ramifications on the NPF-led DAN government’s plan to hold civic polls by February 2017 with 33% women reservation; two apex organisations- Naga Hoho and Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation(ENPO)-have issued a 15-day ultimatum on chief minister T.R.Zeliang to restore back the resolution adopted by the 11th NLA on September 22,2012 ; that no notification calling for civic polls be issued; that JACWR withdraw it PIL in the Supreme Court.
 Naga Hoho president P.Chuba Ozukum and ENPO president Khoiwang Konyak in a joint statement, informed that both apex bodies along with tribal bodies, held a series of meetings and interaction over the issue of Nagaland Municipal Act 2001 which the 11th NLA had adopted a unanimous resolution on September 22,2012 regarding 33% women reservation and the subsequent revocation of the 2012 11th NLA resolution by the 12th NLA on November 24,2016.
The two organisations maintained that Naga people stood “rock solid” with the decision of the 11th Nagaland Legislative Assembly on September 22,2012 to make inoperative Part IXA of the constitution of India since Article 243(M) granted Nagaland exception for implementation of the said Act. They said at the core of issue was that even the constitution of India duly recognised the unique social and traditional set up of Naga society where women were treated on the same level with men.
NH and ENPO pointed out that the 33% women reservation policy was to fight against the cursed caste system where lower castes or Dalits and Adivasis were discriminated against but which, cannot be equated with the social practice of Nagas.
They said no Naga father would ever deny his daughter from going to school and similarly, all Naga men would like to see their daughters becoming successful ladies.
In the light of the above, NH and ENPO demanded that what the constitution of India recognised and exempted for Nagaland state “should be put back in place, because it is direct infringement to the Article 371(A) wherein our social practise is protected.”
NH and ENPO also said they have arrived at a conclusion that the state government “should not issue the election notification as of now” because even if the state went ahead to implement and conduct civic polls, non-participation of people “would embarrass the government.”
NH and ENPO have also expressed displeasure over the pressure exerted by “some few women, claiming to be representing the whole Naga women” to hold civic polls with 33% women quota.
They have demanded that the state government “make these women folks withdraw the PIL filed in the Supreme Court of India.” The two bodies also lamented that “these women leaders who have forgotten their ancestral Naga social fabric” must maintain the Naga identity in the larger interest of the Nagas.
Both NH and ENPO said they have served the ultimatum on the chief minister since he represented the people and that his government “should listen to the voice and cries of people”.
They have warned the chief minister that in the event he failed to convene a special session to restore the September 22,2012 assembly resolution with 15 days with effect from December 10, 2016 they (NH & ENPO) will be compelled to initiate their own course of “action against your government” towards the objective.
NH and ENPO also cautioned the chief minister that the government will be solely responsible for any consequences arising out of their action while upholding the protecting the time immemorial cultural and social usages of the Nagas.

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