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Is Government bifurcating Mon?
Published on 6 Feb. 2011 12:38 AM IST
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When the ENPO issue is steadily coming to the fore and some people from other tribes started putting their thoughts in it, there is another move doing the round. It is the State government is said to be toying with the idea of bifurcating the existing Mon district into two.
The framework for the proposed new district will be done by clubbing together the three assembly constituencies- Tobu, Tehok and Moka- from Mon district. Representatives from these constituencies- Naiba Konyak (Tobu), CL John (Tehok) and Pangteang (Moka)- are all from the ruling NPF. There appears to be no problem in bifurcation of the existing Mon district into two as the district is primarily inhabited by the Konyak tribe. The only problem is the tussle over choosing new district headquarters, NEPS reports said.
Tobu MLA, Naiba Konyak, is said to have demanded that the new district headquarters should be established at Tobu; whereas the other two legislators from Tehok and Moka want that it should be based at Aboi. If the matter is left to the three Konyak legislators, then it is most likely that the majority would decide in favour of Aboi.
It was however learnt that if the legislator of Tobu (Naiba) refuses to budge from his demand, Tobu could be left out of proposal for the new district and could lead to inclusion of Phomching constituency which is represented by Congress MLA K Konngam Konyak.
The idea of bifurcation of the existing Mon district into two assumes significance in view of the current issue of the ENPO demanding a separate “Frontier Nagaland State” by carving out four districts-Mon, Tuensang, Kiphere and Longleng- from the present state of Nagaland. Out of these four districts, Mon has the highest MLAs, that is 9 MLAs, on tribe wise. It is also reported that the Konyak Union, an apex body of the Konyak tribe, does not object to the bifurcation of Mon district into two.
The basic idea of creating a new district hinges mainly on the basis of economic development and administrative convenience. On this line, the DAN government in its first tenure had created Kiphire and Longleng districts and this development had later compelled the then leaders of Tuensang and Mon Public Organization (TMPO) to change the organization’s nomenclature to ENPO, which was followed suit by other subordinate organizations including students’ body etc.
Despite creation of new districts, the people of the area had not given up on the issue of ‘Frontier Nagaland’ state and changing the nomenclature may have got around the government’s strategy.
The demand of ENPO may also be considered as a blow to the DAN Government. Similarly, even the plan for creating another district out of Mon district by the DAN government is not likely to change the minds of the people.

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