The Khiamniungan Union Tuensang (KUT) has expressed dismay that the Senior Citizen Forum of Noklak Town (SCFNT)/area had undermined the office of the Khiamniungan Tribal Council (KTC) and allegedly submitted an application to the State Election Commissioner giving its nod to hold the Town Council polls in Noklak Town.
In this regard, KUT held an emergency executive meeting on January 10 to discuss the issue, after which KUT president M. Neolo in a letter to KTC sought immediate intervention.
In the letter, KUT pointed out that the “ridiculous action” of “so called SCFNT” was against the directive of KTC and ENPO and alleged that some vested interest persons of the KTC were also directly involved by disrespecting their official responsibilities. In this regard, the union asked KTC to call for a general public meeting, where it said SCFNT should be made to explain, as stated in their letter to the State Election Commissioner, “the advantages and disadvantages of accepting the Town Council Election, and how Art.371 (A) would not be infringed.
It further demanded that the “so called Senior Citizen Forum of Noklak Town, a non-entity and un-mandated organization should be immediately banned”. The union also demanded that the defaulting KTC officials “should be dealt with as per the provisions enshrined under Art.12 of KTC Constitution”.
Meanwhile, the union said KTC, in solidarity with the rest of other Naga tribes, should initiate necessary action at the earliest to ensure that nominations filed by candidates were withdrawn before the last date of withdrawal notified by the State Election Commission.