ALSO APPEALS PUBLIC TO BE PART OF AUGUST 5 PUBLIC RALLY FOR EARLY SOLUTION
In what appeared to be a challenge on all 60 legislators of the 13th NLA to ‘walk the talk’ over their oft repeated offer to resign en-masse so as to ‘pave the way’ for implementation of solution to the Naga political issue, ACAUT Nagaland has asked the legislators to resign and prove their sincerity before the Assembly elections scheduled in 2023.
This was contained in a joint statement issued by ACAUT convener Tia Longchar, co-convener Simon Kelio and secretary Hetoi Chishi which came on the eve of the proposed public rally called by NPAC for securing early solution.
On the proposed Augut 5 public rally, the ACAUT functionaries said people of Nagaland cannot be taken for a ride anymore, and that it was also the right time now for the people to show solidarity with any genuine movement or organisation that would take the responsibility for demanding early political settlement.
ACAUT thus urged upon all right-thinking public to participate in the August 5 public rally, called by the Nagaland People’s Action Committee (NPAC) to demand early settlement of the “Indo-Naga peace talks”, at Supermarket, Dimapur.
ACAUT appealed to people to rise to the occasion at an important timeline of transition in the society, against the backdrop of surge of rising public movement in the form of Solidarity Walk, the proposed public rally of Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) for Frontier Nagaland state and NPAC’s proposed August 5 rally.
ACAUT reminded that it had been holding steadfast to the public declaration of October 31, 2013 and public outcry of “One Government One Tax” as an antidote to unabated taxation for which a High Powered Commission constituted by the government submitted its report.
ACAUT said implementation of the report against corruption could not be completely fulfilled till the Government of India (GoI) expedited the “Indo-Naga” political settlement without further delay.
Further ACAUT reminded that it was also part and parcel of the Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations (CCNTHCO) along with other political parties and Naga political groups (NPGs) that firmly stood for “Solution before Election” in 2018.
However, due to the intervention of then BJP in-charge of Northeast Ram Madhav, who mooted “Election for Solution”, ACAUT said election was subsequently held and that the ball was again in the court of the BJP on the issue of election in 2023.
ACAUT also recalled its New Year press statement, wherein it suggested public discussion on “Agreed positions” and “The competencies” (Framework Agreement) through apex tribal hohos, to be held with certain deadlines.
ACAUT that completion of 25 years of ceasefire without producing any tangible solution and its continuation would defeat the very purpose of the hard-earned ceasefire and warned that it could turn out to be a double-edged sword for all.
ACAUT reminded that the outcry of general public was “enough is enough” of chronic unabated taxation by 12 different NPGs which have made daily life of every citizen miserable and unbearable.
It said it is the desire of the Naga public for early political settlement without compromising the Naga historical truth and rights so that the present generation was not be caught in a doldrum of hopelessness.
ACAUT expressed faith that the NPAC rally will send a strong message to the government of India for early honourable political settlement without further delay.
Shop closure in Dimapur on Aug 5
In solidarity with the public rally called by Nagaland Public Action Committee (NPAC) at Super Market on August 5, 2022 at 10 am, Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has requested all the shops and business establishments within DCCI jurisdiction to down their shutters from 10a.m. till the conclusion of the rally.
DCCI vice president V Shikuto Achumi also requested all the members of the business community to extend solidarity and support by taking part in the rally.
Further, DCCI has appealed to the business community and the general public to compulsorily wear face masks while attending the rally.
DDCF, DCCI extend support: Dimapur District Citizens’ Forum (DDCF) and Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industries (DCCI) have extended support to the proposed public rally being organized by NPAC to pressurise all parties involved in the negotiations for early settlement to the “Indo-Naga” political issue at the earliest.
DDCF president Yibemo Kikon and DCCI acting president Shikuto also jointly appealed to all the business establishments under Dimapur district to down all the shutters from 10am till the rally was over on August 5, 2022. The two bodies also appealed to all the citizens of Dimapur district to cease all activities and participate in the rally.