Zeliangrong Baudi (N) the parental apex body of Zeliangrong people has been compelled to make a general clarification to government authorities, and civil Nagas societies with an objective to put an end to confusion created by Zeliang Public Organisation (ZLPO).
The Baudi in a release issued by Raitu Elu, vice president and Gwangphun Gangmei, general secretary stated the clarification was necessitated after much patience and tolerance over the continual confrontation to the Apex Body trying to parallel or toppling the authority.
While stating the Zeliangrong Baudi (N) have been representing the common Naga forum/Hoho since the inception of Naga Tribal councils systems of governace in Nagaland, it said the system of election of Zeliangrong Baudi (N) was based on the tribal traditional practice of representation through village and range/circle to the highest body which is to represent the whole community or tribe. Accordingly, the ZB (N) stated it was represented equally by electing each member from the three councils, the Zeme, Liangmai and Rongmei Councils under which the village council representation, and that it has been known by the rest of the Naga tribal Hohos as the mandated apex body of the whole Zeme, Liangmai, and Rongmei living in the state of Nagaland.
It also said the confusion created by Zeliang Public Organisation on the creation of the word “Zeliang” was unfortunate and unacceptable to the whole Zeliangrong people in the state neither was it permitted by the Zeliangrong Tribal Council of Nagaland.
It further added that it was obvious that the Zeliang People Organization has never been a mandated organization nor accepted by the general civil society, and that it was an organization generally known to the Zeliangrong people as “unmandated, self style and banned organization”.
The Zeliang People Organization has therefore been declared by the ZB (N) as “unmandated, unauthorized organization formed by just handful of vested leaders motivated for material gain confined to their own section, jealously forfeiting the right of the minority, poor and helpless underprivileged one in Peren district”.
The ZB (N) has once again reaffirmed its stand clearly as apex Zeliangrong people organization by written as well as verbal declaration of the Zeme, Liangmai and Rongmei Councils of its allegiance, support and recognition of ZB(N) as the only people Apex body of the Zeliangrong people in the state, while adding “no government department should recognize such self style orgn, in any matter, pertaining to Zeliang people”.