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NPF ‘shocked’ at NPCC’s letter to CEC
Published on 2 May. 2011 12:42 AM IST
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NPF has said it was “shell shocked and completely taken aback” by a complaint letter on April 30, by NPCC vice president and in-charge Mokokchung, Khutovi Sema to the Chief Election Commissioner of India against the NPF on “irrelevant” violation of election model code of conduct on April 30. NPF associate press secretary, Shilumar Ao said such act would set a dangerous precedence which should be outrightly rejected. He said the ground of the NPCC requesting the CEC to prevent the chief minister, ministers, and parl. secretaries from celebrating Moatsu festival on May 2 at Longkhum, May 3 at Chuchuyimlang, Khar and May 4 at Mokokchung town was “totally anti-Naga.”
He said Moatsu was the most important traditional festival of the Ao’s and had nothing to do with modern India election system. He expressed surprise over the Congress objection as it had earlier objected to holding of the by election on Sunday as it violated the religious practice of Nagas.
He said even parliament cannot make a law affecting religious and customary practices under article 371-A. Under such condition, NPF said that the ECI was a very ordinary authority to be asked to interfere. NPF therefore said that the complaint was another blow to the constitutional protections given to the Nagas under article 371-A like Jamir’s “Bedrock of Naga society.
He described the complaint as “intolerable and unsustainable” and asked NPCC not to try to sell the identity of the Naga people as a “cheap commodity”. Instead, he said it would satisfy the Congress high command if the NPCC celebrated Holi, Diwali, Durga puja etc with deep nostalgia as they did in December Christmas 2007 at Delhi.

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