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NPCC slams DAN for holding back civic polls
Published on 20 Dec. 2009 1:33 AM IST
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Ridiculing state cabinet’s decision to withhold civic body elections, the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee(NPCC) Saturday asserted that election should be held on time as per the provisions of the council Act since the ongoing peace process and Naga issue has “no connection at all with the council election.” “Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) continues to be amazed by the casual attitude of DAN government where apparently holding of civic elections in time would dilute or disturb the prevailing peaceful atmosphere for the ongoing Naga political process in the state,” said PCC vice president Nillo Rengma said in a communiqué issued here today. Recalling NPF president and minister for urban development Dr. Shürhozelie’s earlier statement that government was prepared to hold civic body elections on schedule, the NPCC however, the state cabinet decided to defer it on the plea that the prevailing peaceful atmosphere for the ongoing Naga political process was not diluted. Nillo said peace process has been currently going on for 13 years and during those years of peace process, civic body elections and state general elections were held as usual and which never “diluted” the ongoing peace process. Asking the NPF “how then suddenly this time, the civic body elections will disturb the peace process in the state, Nillo said, the NPCC failed to “understand the logic behind this.” Nillo questioned the ruling NPF leadership on whether it has lost confidence on its party workers to file their candidates. He said if “ not, then there is no other reason as to why it should be deferred.” Further he said if the state cabinet had decided not to hold civic body elections in the state till the “Indo-Naga” issue was settled, then instead of holding back municipal and town council election, the NPF should “relinquish their seat until their political promises of Naga issue is delivered to the people,” he retorted. Affirming the NPCC’s support to the Council Act, Nillo demanded that election be held as scheduled as per the provisions of the Act. Slamming the DAN government for holding back civic body elections, Nillo asked if it was not detrimental to the democratic institution. He affirmed the NPCC’s support for 33% reservation for women in civic bodies and demanded that the provisions of the Act be fully implemented “in letter and in spirit” NWHD appeals Naga Women Hoho, Dimapur (NWHD), echoing similar sentiments of the NPCC, today asserted that ongoing peace process could continue more smoothly with election as it has got its own “unique path” which also “promotes and recognize women’s right.” Underscoring the need to understand 33 % seat reservation for women, the NWHD general secretary Liangsi Niumai John, in an e-mailed statement, said that it was an issue of equal rights to men and women as voters and citizens. Maintaining that the role of women’s participation in elected bodies should not be “undervalued”, the NWHD appealed to all responsible to support “much desired reservation issue of women’s participation in political level.”

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