Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC) has demanded for immediate postponement of Urban Local Bodies (ULB) election in Nagaland with 33 percent women reservation, until the reservation policy was amended in consultation with apex tribal organizations.
In this regard, CNTC has asked all candidates to respect the decisions of their respective tribal bodies by withdrawing their nominations. In a press note, CNTC media cell said that the appeal has been made “in the wake of contention over the impugned Municipal Act by all the tribal apex bodies of state”. CNTC was of the opinion that the government, calling for conduct of ULB elections in spite of widespread objections of tribal bodies, would invite unprecedented ramifications for which it would be held solely responsible.
“The hard earned rights and provisions of Article 371 A for the state of Nagaland cannot be compromised under any circumstances whatsoever,” CNTC stated.
While acknowledging that the Municipal Act had been enacted for developmental purposes, CNTC opined that it was “detrimental to our rich traditional values and customary rights bestowed by the Almighty on our forefathers since time immemorial”.
It further made known that Nagas’ traditional rights and heritage was above any elected legislators of the day. “Governments come and go but the rights of people and our land are permanent and non-negotiable,” the council said.
Since there has been clear demarcation between the Indian laws and Naga customary laws indicated by Article 371A, CNTC urged upon all not be mislead by vested individuals by twisting, distorting and manipulating to suit their interests.
CNTC reminded those in power today that they were not going to be in their chairs forever, saying one day they too would become a public.
Further reminding the legislators that they had been elected by the people, CNTC said it was very disheartening and grossly unacceptable to note that they were going against the wishes of the people.