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NSF bandh partially successful

A view of the taxi stand area in Kohima during the bandh called by the NSF on Friday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 10 (NPN):
Published on 11 Jul. 2009 12:44 AM IST
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A total closure bandh of all business establishments in Kohima called by the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) against the failure of the government to comply with its charter of demands and lapse of more than four months in completing the investigation into the NPSC answer script swapping scam was called off by the Angami Public Organization (APO) on grounds of violation of its standing resolution by the students, Friday. The closure which started at 6 am and was scheduled to remain so till 6 pm was partially successful as the APO volunteers asked the shops owners to reopen. NSF dismayed Meanwhile, the NSF, stating that it had been vigorously addressing the corrupt systems prevailing in the NPSC for the past many years, expressed dismay that the APO which it thought was a mature and responsible organization resorted to threatening its volunteers during the bandh and called it “improper.” NSF president Mutsikhoyo Yhobu and general secretary, O. Wati Jamir through a joint statement questioned the real objective of the APO as to why they had to go to that extent when the Federation requested their co-operation during a meeting between the two organizations. The students said they had expressed their “deepest regret” to the APO during the meeting for not being able to communicate to them as per their expectation. “Despite of all the effort, the APO decided to confront with the Federation,” the NSF said. The NSF admitted that Friday’s agitation was only partially successful solely because of unwarranted disturbance of the APO.” It however, affirmed to intensify the agitation in a “very severe way,” if there was no positive response from the government. “The Federation feels deem fit to raise any pertinent issue in the interest of the younger generation and the public in the state capital Kohima which belongs to the entire citizens of Nagaland,” the NSF added. The apex Naga students’ body affirmed to leave no stone unturned to protect the interest of the younger generation at all cost. The NSF said the agitation would resume within a week’s till its demands were fulfilled. It thanked all those who had shown their fullest cooperation. APO clarifies Justifying its action of opposing Friday’s bandh called by the NSF, the APO said that the NSF had failed to accord any regard to its standing resolution of “no bandh in Kohima without prior intimidation and consent of the APO.” The APO said that it was not the first time that the NSF had defied its stance. The APO also stated that it was compelled to oppose the NSF bandh as it never intended to impose its ownership authority undemocratically upon the denizens of Kohima. A press release issued by the president of APO, Kekhriengulie Linyü further stated that imposing commercial bandh in Kohima for the NPSC issue was logically perplexing and queried why the business community and the innocent public should always be put at the receiving end. “There could always be a better way out in getting justice” the APO said. Assuring its support to the NSF in their demand for justice for the well being of the society, the APO also expressed wish that more sense of decency and reasons would prevail while trying to promote the interest of the society. The APO asserted that it was not averse to the initiative of the NSF against the ongoing NPSC scandal and the failure of the government to deliver justice. It thanked the NSF for their reciprocal attitude to the appeals and reasons of the APO in not intensifying their enforcement of the bandh. It may be mentioned that the APO called for the “no bandh in Kohima without prior intimidation and consent of the APO” in 1996 with the hope to reduce and control bandhs, rallies, processions etc in the state capital called by various welfare interested groups, for successful running of the capital. The APO reiterated its stand on the resolution and asserted that it would stand vigil to prevent all sorts of inconveniences and untoward incidents within its bounded territorial jurisdiction.

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