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LH, LSU hit out at BJP and CM on delimitation issue

DIMAPUR, JUN 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/26/2020 1:17:52 PM IST

LH flays recommendation for seeking deferment

Lotha Hoho (LH) has strongly condemned chief minister Neiphiu Rio, BJP State president Temjen lmna Along and BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav for recommending postponement of delimitation in Nagaland. 

Stating that Rio and Along had recommended the postponement on their own without obtaining consent from party legislators or party leaders, LH chairman Mhondamo Ovung and joint secretary Amos Lotha in a release said such stand was “anti-Naga with vested tribalistic interest, against general interest of Nagas.” 

Declaring that this unfair and tribalistic attitude of the duo would be opposed, it said all right-thinking Nagas would be invited to condemn their action. LH said all Nagas, even those supporting postponement of delimitation, knew very well that the last delimitation was done in 1974-75 on the basis of 1971 census, adding it was high time the exercise was carried out again since it was for the common interest of all Nagas. 

Pointing out that the Naga political settlement and delimitation were entirely two different issues and linking the two was being done with vested interests, LH observed that all Nagas had been given to understand long ago that the Naga settlement was within the India constitution. 

The hoho said it had issued press statements earlier supporting the delimitation exercise in Nagaland and reiterated its earlier stand. Since the Delimitation Act was passed by the Indian Parliament and the Delimitation Commission was constituted by the BJP-led government at the Centre, LH said Along should be removed from his party and disciplinary action against him for opposing his own government’s decision. 

Process should be carried out: LSU
Expressing shock and disbelief at chief minister Neiphiu Rio and BJP State president Temjen Imna Along recommending postponement of the proposed delimitation exercise, Lotha Students’ Union (LSU) has demanded that the process should be carried out and completed within the stipulated timeline as mandated by the Constitution of India based on “truth, fact and logic”.
Union’s president Ashanthung Humtsoe and general secretary Pithungo Shitio in a release warned that those inciting oppressive “tribalism tactics” would not be tolerated and even threatened to take strong steps if its “liberal and civilised approach of reasoning” was neglected. They said the deceitful step taken by the leadership had deeply hurt the sentiments of the younger generation of Lothas and fellow tribes affected by the disproportionate distribution of Assembly seats. 
LSU stated that it would be extremely unwise for the Central government and Election Commission of India (ECI) to take inputs from only a few vested individuals while disregarding the voices of the suppressed Naga tribes and discrediting the constitutional mandate by recommending postponement of the delimitation exercise.
The union asked BJP to be extremely cautious before making such careless and insensitive utterances in public domain without understanding the history of Naga people. 
It warned that the youth would not remain silent spectators anymore and take it to the streets, if BJP leaders instigated the ugly side of tribalism at a time when they should be working for creating harmony and unity among Naga people. 
According to LSU, the shameful and shady politics being played upon tribalism was evident from the fact that leaders were building a disunited Nagaland. 
The statement clarified that the Lothas were not asking for anything beyond reasonable and give them what rightfully belonged to them. 
“We are not asking for anything which is unfair but only seeking truth and justice. No amount of justification can deny this right and we shall demand by using whatever means necessary. Justice is all we seek and we appeal to all our Naga brothers and sisters to honour this request as this will go a long way in building a stronger bond among ourselves as Nagas,” the release emphasised.
LSU asserted that the delimitation exercise was a constitutional mandate and must be respected to build a political system based on truth, facts and legitimacy. 
Pointing out that the younger generation had enough of shrewd politics that had hampered progress and development in the region, the union declared that it would do whatever it takes to make sure that dirty politics did not destroy the fabric of Naga society. 
Alleging that persons with vested interests were manipulating the minds of “our people” by mixing the two completely independent issues of solution and delimitation, LSU appealed not to create a delusional paradox by juxtaposing two unrelated issues. 
It demanded that delimitation should be implemented as stipulated by the Constitution of India and Naga solution should be implemented as agreed upon by the Government of India and Naga people.
“We, the young generation, are not fools to be manipulated by naïve excuses to postpone the delimitation exercise,” the union added.
 

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