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NPF legislator Azo bats for delimitation

DIMAPUR, JUN 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/17/2020 1:15:55 PM IST

The proposed delimitation exercise continues to elicit mixed responses in the State.  After 11 tribe bodies petitioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi against carrying out the delimitation in Nagaland prior to solution of Indo-Naga political issue, NPF legislator from 19 Phek Assembly constituency Kuzholuzo Azo Nienu has come out strongly in favour of the exercise. 

Earlier, Zeliang People’s Organisation (ZPO) Nagaland too welcomed the delimitation move and even recommended delimiting Peren district into three Assembly constituencies – Jalukie, Tening and Peren. In a statement, Nienu asserted that delimitation of constituencies was required to undo the injustice done to districts like Wokha, Phek, Peren and Longleng, besides Rengma areas by the 1971 delimitation.

Pointing out that Wokha and Phek districts were major losers of the 1971 delimitation, he stated that the discrepancies that had taken place then could never be forgotten though forgiven as some tribes had enjoyed all the fruits at the cost of those tribes who had suffered. 

As delimitation was inevitable, the legislator demanded equal and proportionate distribution of Assembly seats, while emphasising that the exercise should be taken up in all fairness without any bias, favouritism, nepotism or tribalism. He hoped that no sensible Naga brother would disagree with him on this. 

He said the process of delimitation needed to be given a logical conclusion as rest of the country had already completed the process in 2008 as per the recommendation of Election Commission of India in 2002.

Admitting that there would be challenges and opposition from many quarters, Nienu however pointed out delaying it would not solve the problem as “sooner or later we must find a solution to this problem we are all entangled in”. 

As honest Christians, the Nagas must ensure that justice prevailed this time around in order to bring about rationality and equality among all the 60 Assembly constituencies, the statement demanded.

But since the State government had already rejected the 2001 census through a cabinet decision as the data was found to be grossly manipulated after it showed a 64.41% decadal population growth in the State, Nienu said there was no other option but to take the 2011 census into account for the proposed delimitation process. 

 

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