Present Naga Council Dimapur accused of clinging to office

Dimapur, Jul 3 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/3/2020 1:46:01 PM IST

DTAH serve notice on NCD office bearers to quit 

Dimapur Tribal Apex Hoho (DTAH) representing fourteen (14) tribe presidents, has reacted to the vehement criticisms made by the Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) against it, as published in the local dailies on July 3.

The outgoing NCD team has come under attack from the constituent units under the DTAH who have expressed total objection to the manner in which the transition of the new NCD team was being delayed by the outgoing NCD team of office bearers.

While reminding that NCD had tendered an apology at the joint meeting held on March 10,2020, DTAH said its 14 tribe presidents have rejected the statement of NCD published on July 3,2020 as “unfounded, unconstitutional , hence devoid of any merit in its entirety.” 

Dimapur Tribal Apex Hoho reminded that the tenure of the present Naga Council Dimapur office bearers had ended on March 6, 2020 but two months prior to expiry of term, the present NCD had asked all constituent units (tribal hohos) to nominate two members as councillors for the succeeding tenure vide letter dated January 27, 2020.

Subsequently, DTAH said on submission of the names of new members as councillors by all tribal hohos, it was presumed that the new executive of NCD was constituted to carry on its activities. 

However, DTAH said on February 11,2020 the present NCD held a meeting and allegedly extended its tenure by another three months till May 30,2020 without any prior consultation with the constituent units of tribal hohos.

As a consequence of the present NCD’s “unconstitutional extension” for three more months, DTAH said all its constituent units submitted a representation dated February 21,2020 in opposing the impugned extension which did not have the mandate of Dimapur-based tribal hohos. Further DTAH said it further urged upon NCD to revoke its resolution made on February 11,2020.

Then on March 10,2020 DTAH said NCD convened a joint meeting of all tribal hohos (DTAH) wherein it accepted its omission of NCD constitutional mandate and sincerely apologized to DTAH for resolving to extend the tenure till May 30, 2020 done without intimation or consent of DTAH.

At the March 10 meeting, DTAH said the house after prolonged deliberation and after considering logistic inconveniences on the part of NCD, resolved to extend its tenure till March 31,2020 and requested the present incumbent NCD to complete all formalities to enable formation of a new NCD team for the next tenure, well ahead of the stipulated expiry date. 

However, DTAH said in spite of lapse of the deadline and passage of months, the present NCD was “unconstitutionally continuing to carry on its activities without any authority”. DTAH said this was in violation of the NCD’s laid down constitution “by cunningly manoeuvring for their own vested interest”.

CSOs, CAKU ask NCD to uphold constitution
With regard to the election/selection of Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) office bearers for the tenure 2020-2025, the Dimapur-based civil society organisations (CSOs)—Naga Women Hoho Dimapur,  Dimapur Naga Students’ Union, Dimapur Urban Chairman Councils Federation and GB Dimapur Sardar— have suggested that selection/nomination/election should be under the purview of NCD constitution for setting up of the office bearers “without any biased favouritism or nepotism.”
In a joint statement, GB Dimapur Sardar president MY Ngullie, DUCCF president Tsenthungo Nyamo and NWHD president Sungsabeni Jamio and DNSU president Sedevilie Angami said they have resolved to uphold the integrity of the constitution and would not accept any unconstitutional induction of office bearers for any post. 
CSOs also affirmed to uphold the integrity of NCD constitution in any given situation as NCD was the only organization that maintained the unity of the Nagas even before the formation of any other civil society organisations.
CAKU: Chakhro Angami Kuda Union (CAKU) has affirmed that any unconstitutional induction of office bearers for any post would not be accepted at any cost. In a letter to the NCD president, the CAKU general secretary Thejangulie Angami stated that the union held a meeting on June 27, 2020 and thoroughly deliberated over the “present selection/nomination/election” for the new NCD office bearers.
CAKU has, however, suggested that selection/nomination/election of office bearers should be done as per the prevailing constitution of NCD “without any bias, favoritism or nepotism” in order to avoid any constitutional crisis.

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