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Address ENPO demand without delay : Congress
DIMAPUR, JAN 28 (NPN):
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Published on 29 Jan. 2011 12:49 AM IST
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Congress Legislature Party (CLP) has urged the chief minister along with the DAN conglomerate to earnestly address the “burning issue” of ENPO’s statehood demand so as to resolve it without further delay.
Parliamentary secretary of the CLP, C. Apok Jamir said this was resolved after Friday’s CLP meeting at Dimapur which discussed some of the pressing issues confronting the Naga people such as - growing disenchantment among the general public primarily attributed to the mis-governance, corruption and irregularities committed by the DAN government on many fronts.
The CLP maintained that the demand for a separate state was seriously affecting the unity and integrity of the Nagas, and felt that the matter should not be shifted to the bureaucrats alone but handled politically by the government since it was a delicate issue and involved the aspiration of a large section of the Naga people. Asserting that as elected members, they have a constitutional obligation to protect and preserve the integrity of the state, the CLP said that the DAN government should have the boldness to take concrete political steps to address the issue.
The CLP also disclosed that the Konyak Union had on April 6, 2010 conveyed the ENPO’s plan to demand for a separate state to the chief minister during the Aolin-cum-state road-show at Mon. It recalled that the chief minister, when told about it by the KU, replied, “I will neither oppose nor recommend your demand”.
Thereafter, the ENPO met the union home minister and home secretary and submitted a memorandum to the prime minister with the demand, the CLP said.
Against the backdrop of the action initiated by ENPO, the CLP said that various political parties, starting with NPCC, NGOs and individuals have been appealing the ENPO to reconsider their demand and come forward for redressal of their genuine grievances. The CLP said it was surprised that the DAN government which was expected to make its stand public could manage to come out only with an official statement only on January 18.
The CLP maintained that the common perception of the Eastern Nagas was that the presence of substantial political leadership had not made any difference since the equitable presence of bureaucracy in key positions and proportionate employees in the government establishments. “Therefore a political committee instead of an administrative committee is imperative to instill the confidence of these people and take bold political decision to resolve the problem,” it added.
CLP described as “highly irresponsible” that the chief minister as the head of the state, failed to take his cabinet or the legislators into confidence before making a rush mid-path on the political stand to the Konyak Union. It demanded that the chief minister come out clearly as to whether his reply to KU was his personal opinion or the stand of the DAN government. The CLP said it would not be a party to such myopic political over-sight that could have far-reaching ramifications on the unity of the Nagas. The CLP demanded that the DAN government act before it was too late.

 
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