Even as the state government prepares to hold the elections to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) next month, several apex tribal organisations and civil societies have dug their heels in calling for a boycott of the proposed civic polls. Earlier, the Naga Hoho, Eastern Naga Peoples Organisation and some village councils have strongly opposed and had expressed their sentiments.
CNTC: Central Naga Tribes Council (CNTC) said it had resolved to firmly oppose the conduct of elections to ULBs within its jurisdictions–Mokokchung, Wokha, Zunheboto, Dimapur– till appropriate amendments were made to the Nagaland Municipal Act which, it stated, infringes upon Article 371A of the constitution.
“Any move that infringes upon Article 371A of the constitution is a clear violation on the rights of the Nagas,” CNTC Media Cell stated in a press note.
According to CNTC, ‘notwithstanding’ (the opening remark of Article 371A) clearly defines that the rights and interests of the Nagas cannot be compromised whatsoever in any manner. CNTC informed that the decision to oppose the ULBs elections was collectively taken in a meeting of three apex bodies of Ao Senden representatives, Lotha Hoho and the Sumi Hoho.
Other Dimapur based units tribal bodies the Ao Senso Telongjem Dimapur, Lotha Hoho Dimapur and Western Sumi Hoho were also present in the meeting and fully resolved to support the decision of the apex body CNTC, it added.
AYO: Angami Youth Organisation (AYO) has come out in support of Angami Public Organisation’s (APO) boycott call against holding of elections to ULBs with 33% reservation in its present form saying it will continue to boycott the civic polls “until an amicable solution to the ongoing imbroglio is arrived at.”
“The AYO stands in solidarity with the APO and the rest of Naga community in every district against any infringement of our customary laws and Article 371(A) of the Indian Constitution,” Maintained AYO in a press note signed by AYO president Neinguvotuo Krose and vice president Peter Rutsa.
AYO further cautioned that stern and befitting action as per Angami customary law will be taken against any of its members who violate the boycott call given by the APO.
CPO: The Chakhroma Public Organisation (CPO) has, in its meeting with the concerned citizens of Municipal and Town councils under its region, resolved to stand in support of the APO’s decision in regard to the ULBs election in Nagaland.
According to a press note by president CPO Vichütuolie Mere, the Chakhroma people also feel that the democratically elected government should listen to the voices of the people.
CPO has therefore directed its members to strictly adhere to the directives given by the apex body of the Angamis’ to this issue.