NH, State JD(U) react to Governor’s letter to CM

DIMAPUR, JUL 2 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/2/2020 1:36:43 PM IST

Reacting to Nagaland governor RN Ravi’s letter to the chief minister Neiphiu Rio, in which he raised the question of law and order in the state, the Naga Hoho Thursday said that Nagas’ struggle for self determination cannot be considered as law and order problem and urged the Government of India to address the aspirations of the Nagas at the earliest.

NH through its communication cell maintained that till the “Indo-Naga” political issue remained unresolved, all forms of unrest “starting from taxation to killings were bound to live with us”. NH, however, said that “no one should take it otherwise as if we are encouraging the unwanted situation being created by the Naga National workers under the banner of various groups.”

As the constitutional head of the state, NH said governor’s “contention to curb corruption” was laudable as Nagas have to move on with justice and equality “despite of our struggle against suppression.”

The hoho said that successive governors had failed in the past to remove corruption in the state, saying it was “an admitted fact that corrupt practices are everywhere.”

In order to ensure effective and transparent investigation into corruption, NH said the state government had established Nagaland Lokayukta replacing the erstwhile Vigilance and Anti-Corruption on February 1, 2019. 

However, NH said the state government has not framed any rules for the purpose of carrying into effect the provision of the Act. 

The hoho asserted that the state must move on free from corruption towards achieving a welfare state and egalitarian society. 

Meanwhile, the hoho has condemned the extension of Disturb Area and promulgation of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) 1958 in Nagaland by another six months by another six months. NH stated that the “Draconian Law” was not to maintain law and order in the region but to “act and suppress the innocent people.” 

NH said the past decades proved beyond doubt that “through this demonic law many human rights” had been abused and the fundamental rights of its citizen violated by the “armed occupational forces.” NH said AFSPA has lost its relevance in a civilised society and its applicability has no place in the modern world. The hoho has, therefore, asserted that the law must be repealed if the government of India truly honoured the peace process and a peaceful solution to the long “Indo Naga political talks.”

JD(U): Reacting to Governor R.N. Ravi’s letter chief minister Neiphiu Rio, Janata Dal (United) Nagaland unit accused Ravi of trying to usurp power through backdoor by way of asking files to be routed through his office in the name of law and order.

JD(U), through its publicity wing, expressed shock that the interlocutor-cum-governor was addressing the same groups of Naga nationalists with whom he had been sharing platforms for the last several years as “armed gangs” and running parallel governments alongside the legitimately elected government. 

Observing that this was very unbecoming of him as an interlocutor who had been advocating peaceful solution and had been time and again giving hopes to Naga people, JD (U) said the letter exposed his true self towards the peace process he had been undertaking. The letter was nothing short of a surrender of his responsibility and giving up hope of bringing a solution to the vexed Naga political issue, it added.

JD (U) also questioned the governor that if he was so convinced that the law and order had collapsed, what was stopping him from discharging his constitutional responsibility by recommending President’s Rule in Nagaland. 

Instead of trying to capture power through the backdoor, the party asked him to be more courageous and act upon the letter he had written. Otherwise, it would b absolutely inappropriate for a constitutional head of a State to participate in the functioning of an elected government, it added.

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