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State JD-U welcomes delimitation process

DIMAPUR, MAR 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/11/2020 12:07:35 PM IST

Janata Dal United (JD-U) Nagaland has welcomed the recent announcement and formation of Delimitation Commission for Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland and Jammu & Kashmir and termed it as very much justified.

As rest of the country had already completed the process of delimitation in 2008 as per the recommendation of the Delimitation Commission, 2002, the party said the matter had been long pending for these States, adding nothing could be indefinite and had to be given a logical conclusion. 

Questioning the reaction of NDPP on the ground that Nagaland was exempted from the purview of Delimitation Commission of 2002 because of ongoing political talks, JDU wanted to know that if it was so, was there any special notification by Government of India (GoI) in this regard?.  Further, JDU said if NDPP was so concerned about the ongoing political talks then why it did not organise a rally or dharna in Delhi demanding expediting of the peace process, instead of using the Naga political problem as a bait to fulfil its vested political interest by making it a prominent article in its election manifesto and then abandoning it after coming to power?

JDU further asked NDPP that if it was so concerned about the ongoing political talks, then why it did not step down as a solemn sacrifice for the “frustrating delay” in the ongoing talks?. Moreover, what was the guarantee that the ruling party would step down after the peace talks were concluded when it was not able to exhibit any practical action to walk the talk while in power? it asked. According to JDU, the Nagas were keenly watching the commitment of the government and its actions towards the fulfilment of its assurances made during the last election. 

Referring to NDPP’s statement that tribal equity and dynamics of district representation were crucial factors that required widespread consultations, the party said, if it was so, then what was the ruling party waiting for in reacting to the delimitation process, adding it could have made meaningful if an all-party meeting was convened to discuss the matter. 

In the light of the above, JDU suggested that instead of getting worked up with the announcement of delimitation process, an urgent all-party meeting should be convened to ponder on the frustrating delay of the ongoing peace talks. An all-party delegation must go to Delhi and organise democratic agitation, besides meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to serve an ultimatum on the issue, it proposed. This was stated in a press communiqué. 

 

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