Dimapur-based civil society organisations (CSOs) and tribal presidents under the aegis of the Naga council Dimapur (NCD) during a meeting on January 4, 2017 at Naga Council office have reaffirmed to oppose the conduct of urban local bodies (ULB) election and implementation of 33% women reservation in municipal election in Nagaland.
In a representation submitted to the state chief minister through the Deputy Commissioner Dimapur, the NCD president T Bangerloba and general secretary Thsapongkyu Sangtam stated that the collective decision was in line with other apex tribal bodies’ strong opposition to ULB election.
The signatories pointed out that section 23A of Municipal Act contradicted with Naga customary law and practice, which is protected under Article 371A of the Indian constitution. They said NCD along with Dimapur-based CSOs would collectively oppose the conduct of ULB election till the section was reviewed by the state government. Also, reminding that the issue of 33% women reservation in respect of Nagaland was sub judice, the NCD leaders said it was pre-mature and not right time to implement 33% women reservation.
They cautioned that if the state government forcefully conduct ULB election it would “definitely effect counter legal consequences” and the state government would be held responsible since no state in India has enforced 33% reservation till date.
Meanwhile, the NCD has appealed to the intending candidates for the forthcoming urban local bodies (ULB) election to refrain from filing the nomination in the interest of Nagas in general.
NCD also appealed to all the tribal hoho/union, units based in Dimapur to direct their respective members to “strongly carry forward” its appeal. The council warned that violation of its appeal would amount to “deliberate disrespect” of the collective decision and for which the concerned tribal unit/members would be held responsible.