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NH and NMA react to NDPP’s clarification

DIMAPUR, AUG 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/17/2019 11:46:57 AM IST

Reacting to the clarification issue by the National Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) to its objection on the chief minister’s statement at the JLF meeting, the Naga Hoho (NH) and Naga Mothers Association (NMA) said NDPP tried to clarify that NH and NMA had made the allegations against the chief minister based on hearsay.

In a joint statement, NH and NMA said it appreciated the initiative of NDPP in admitting the unpalatable statement made by the leader of the state in the Joint Legislators Forum meeting. 

They said that there has been no breach of trust since the JLF meeting was not a confidential one, with many others including a non-Naga present.

Further, NH and NMA said that the non-Naga junior advocate was given the responsibility to speak on Article 370 and Art 371 A for a long time. 

This has raised questions on the lack of trust by the state, on the professional knowledge of eminent Naga advocates and Judges, who would have been equally competent to speak on the same Constitutional provisions before the elected Naga legislators, they stated.

NH and NMA asserted that their objection was not only on the allegation of being unmandated, but also on the chief minister’s claim that the NPGs had lost confidence on these organisations, which was defamatory and false.

Therefore, the claim that the chief minister had expressed his concern to strengthen these organisations in larger interest was based on wrong hearsay, they said, adding that was not what was conveyed to the audience at the meeting.

NH and NMA reminded that the Naga Hoho was constituted as the apex body consisting of all Naga tribes, that has been working for unity and fraternity among the Nagas. Despite efforts to destroy it, they said NH maintains its responsibilities and will continue to do so, till the next team takes over.

They also reminded that the Naga Mothers’ Association  which was formed in 1984, was not based on tribe constituents but on voluntary membership of adult Naga women from different tribes and background. 

They said NMA continues to work with tribe women organisations affiliated to it and other women from different tribes, in protection of women’s rights, peace work and running the NMA Cradle Ridge Centre, Seithogei which is the only Centre in the state, looking after HIV positive orphaned children of both sexes, for decades.

Therefore, Naga Hoho and Naga Mothers’ Association asserted that they remain committed to building peace and working for the larger interest of the Nagas. 

“The years of commitment and contributions of the Naga Hoho and the NMA is on record, and cannot be wiped away by vested interests or the State on vague reasons or defamatory allegations. The days ahead will reveal the true intentions of a State that professes peace and unity,  but seeks its own glory,” they stated.

 

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