Nagaland Tribes Action Committee (NTAC) and Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) have expressed surprise and questioned the sudden departure of Nagaland governor, P.B. Acharya and chief minister, T.R. Zeliang to Delhi together on Thursday.
NTAC & JCC said both the heads of the state left for Delhi at such a critical juncture instead of taking preventive measures for any untoward adverse situation.
NTAC & JCC also advised Governor, that he being the Constitutional head of the state, was expected to use his August office in the interest of the people instead, of “involving in solving political crisis”. In this regard, JCC and NTAC warned that chief minister T.R. Zeliang and Governor would be solely responsible for any untoward eventuality detrimental to the interest of the people.
Meanwhile, Angami Youth Organization (AYO) said chief minister, T.R. Zeliang was able to pass through the bandh volunteers thinking that it was only the Governor travelling. However, AYO expressed surprise that Zeliang was in the same car with Governor. Further, NTAC and JCC also questioned T.R. Zeliang for being adamant not to step down as chief minister even as bandh on government offices paralyzed government machinery and has caused hardship to the people for the last 15 days.
In a press note NTAC media cell said JCC and NTAC on several occasions appraised the Governor to intervene with appropriate action as deemed fit, besides submitting several representations with copies to President of India, Prime Minister and Home Minister. However, they said, till date they were yet to see the light of the day, as chief minister and Governor remained a mute spectators.
JCC rejects appeal
Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) on Thursday affirmed that it has resolved not to honour chief minister, T.R. Zeliang’s appeal letter dated February 16, 2017 to NTAC and JCC to relax the agitation and bandh for two-three days till the time he returned from Delhi.
JCC through its media cell asserted that it would not allow itself to be tricked “once again by such treacherous and coward leader, who has failed to show any iota true leadership character.”
Further, JCC said it was disappointed at the manner in which the state governor has conducted and handled this current issue. It said that the governor’s neutrality on this matter was “doubtful.”
JCC maintained that despite the complete breakdown of constitutional machinery, the governor has been “reluctant to discharge his duties and shows his partiality toward TR Zeliang.”
It stated that such display of “biasness” was unbecoming to the post of the constitutional head. In this regard, JCC requested the governor to clarify his position to the Naga people whether he was “the actual head of state or an agent of TR Zeliang.”
Also, JCC said it was “shocked and disgusted” by the “threat” meted out by NPF party to the government employees accusing them of “conspiracy to sabotage TR Zeliang’s government by supporting the people’s movement.”
JCC reminded the NPF party workers that their “pay master has been repudiated by the people of Nagaland”, adding that unless one was anti-Naga, every Naga was “morally obligated and duty bound support this peoples movement including NPF party workers if they have any patriot blood left in them.”
JCC has therefore warned the NPF party workers to “toe the line of the people’s movement least branded as traitor of Naga people and face the ire of the public.”
Meanwhile, JCC has thanked the Sumi Students’ Union Dimapur for providing free bus services to the students appearing exams. In this regard, JCC has requested volunteers to allow these buses to ply freely.
JCC also expressed gratitude to the NBCC for their concern over the current imbroglio and holding prayer and fellowship with JCC and volunteers in Dimapur.