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Ao, Sumi candidates asked to withdraw

Published on 11 Jan. 2017 11:57 PM IST
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Reaffirming their stand to oppose the Municipal/Town Council elections with 33% women reservation, the apex tribal body organizations-- Ao Senden and Sumi Hoho, have warned all candidates from their respective communities to withdraw nominations or face excommunication from the community. 
It may also be mentioned that the Angami Public Organization on January 4 resolved to “excommunicate any Angami man/woman for a period of 10 years from Angami jurisdiction” if they violate its directives and file his/her nominations to the ULB elections in any district.
Ao Senden: Ao Senden Federal Assembly on Wednesday issued a stern warning to all bonafide Ao community members, who have filed their nominations for the forthcoming Municipal/Urban Local Bodies (ULBS) election, to withdraw their papers on or before January 17, 2017 or face excommunication for a term of 30 years.
The decision to this effect was made during the Federal Assembly of the Ao Senden held on January 11, wherein the house also reaffirmed to stand by earlier standing resolution, stated Ao Senden acting president C. Angang Jamir and acting general secretary L. Tally Longkumer through a press release.
The Senden said the Assembly also adopted a three-point resolution, wherein it was decided to excommunicate any candidate for a term of 30 years in the event of failure to comply with the directives and that he/she would not be allowed to participate in any Ao society. 
He/she will be debarred the rights of Aos for holding any position both in the government and private.
He/she will be debarred the rights of Aos to participate in all Naga Civil Societies and organizations.
The Senden also categorically stated that the Municipal/ULB elections in the present form would not be allowed till “defective provisions are rectified.”
In this regard, the Federal Assembly has empowered the presidential council to pursue the matter, taking appropriate measures till matters end.
Sumi Hoho: The Sumi Hoho during its executive meeting held on January 11 at Sumi Hoho Ki, Zunheboto also adopted a four-point resolution with regard to civic body polls, 
In a press note, Sumi Hoho president Toniho Yepthomi and general secretary Vihuto Asumi said the following resolutions were adopted.
1. All the candidates of Zunheboto Town Council who have filed nominations must withdraw nomination immediately.
2. Any candidate failing to withdraw nomination paper shall be ‘excommunicated’ from the Sumi society for a period of 10 years.
3. Until and unless the government of Nagaland review the existing Municipal Act, the Sumi Hoho shall continue to oppose the Urban Level Body Election.
4. In the Sumi jurisdiction of Dimapur district, the Western Sumi Hoho is entrusted to coordinate with the Central Nagaland Tribes Council and Naga Council Dimapur and ensure the withdrawal of nominations by all the candidates.
ZPON: Zeliang People’s Organisation Nagaland (ZPON) has asked all candidates who have filed nominations, particularly from Peren district to withdraw their nominations in order to pave way for “drawing an acceptable and conclusive decision” to protect Naga customary law and practises and “to uphold Article 371(A) of the Constitution of India vis-à-vis the state of Nagaland indispensable”.            
In a press note, ZPON media cell maintained that the proposed civic body election with 33% women reservation was undeniably controversial. 
To go ahead with the process as intended by the state government at this juncture unquestionably would cast the entire system into a lame duck scenario, ZPON said. “No entity nowhere in a democratic world more so in Nagaland, be it the state government or the tribal organisations can imagine to exist on their own or with severed relationship as is prevalent now,” ZPON stated. 
It said “a healing to this condition” could only be brought about through consultation and dialogue. Even as such eventuality is anticipated, ZPON said what was inevitable at the moment to be able to prove that the state government and its citizens are humanly civilised, was to put on hold the proposed ULB elections.
To maintain peaceful and conducive atmosphere in order to restore cordial relationship between the state government and the tribal organisations, ZPON said there was a need for further consultations on the contentious 33% women reservation in the ULB election of Nagaland for the best interest of its citizens.
MAPO: Meluri Area Public Organization (MAPO) has also reiterated its statement, published on January 5, to uphold and adhere to the call of the Nagas and oppose the Town Council polls in Meluri Town. Being a part and parcel of the Pochury Hoho, MAPO president Riesoupa Kajiri said it respected and never wished to intrude into the authority of the hoho. 
However, the recent imbroglio of the hoho in support of 33% women reservation had no iota of truth, MAPO added. 
Referring to the “so called resolution” made on July 13, 2016-- “That, if any group of people or organization of Pochury is taking an initiative step for social upliftment and community development, the Pochury Hoho shall not stop/sabotage them from doing their job in the interest of the people of Pochury”, MAPO said the resolution was “not within the knowledge of the executive council and no discussion or deliberation was made.” In this regard, MAPO stated that the “July 13 resolution remains null and void”.
Interestingly, MAPO said the hoho’s statement, supporting women reservation, was ‘ironical” since the president and the finance secretary of the Pochury Hoho had resigned and filed their nominations for the Meluri Town Council polls, while the vice president was out of station.
Further, MAPO said the statement made by Pochury Hoho general secretary Vichutho Nyusou was purely “an individual view or otherwise is an abuse of power.” The credibility of his act was highly questionable as the executive council of the Hoho never empowered any office bearer to function and take authority in the absence of a president, it said. 
Therefore, MAPO said the statement made by Nyusou “does not reflect the views of the hoho or the executive council”.
In this regard, MAPO has fervently appealed to all the intending candidates to withdraw their candidature for the forthcoming Meluri Town Council election.

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