DAYO flays personalized attacks on Along

DIMAPUR, JUNE 29 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/29/2020 1:01:07 PM IST

Dimapur Ao Youth Organisation (DAYO) has taken strong exception to “personal attacks” on Higher Education and Tribal Affairs minister Temjen Imna Along following his letter to BJP central leaders urging for postponement of delimitation exercise in Nagaland.

DAYO president, Aotemsu Aier and general secretary S. Pangertoshi in a release, mentioned that the letter from Along to the BJP central leaders had conveyed the March 2 collective decision of the cabinet, where chief minister was also present.

The Ao youth organization said National People’s Party (NPP) member Hayithung Bill Lotha’s allegation, that Along’s letter to the central BJP leaders was his own, was “unacceptable and a direct insult and challenge to the entire Ao community”.

It also termed statements of Lotha Hoho and Lotha Students’ Union, as equally unfortunate and unacceptable. DAYO said it expected Lotha Hoho and Lotha Students’ Union to be more responsible and do thorough research before going to the press for this kind of sensitive matter.

According to DAYO, Along as an elected member and a member of the cabinet, had every right to convey the cabinet decision.

DAYO said condemning and pointing out a particular cabinet minister was nothing short of resorting to tribalism. Since the cabinet decision to delay the delimitation process was not made by Along alone, DAYO said it would “not allow any Tom, Dick and Harry to condemn our leader under any circumstances.” 

Further , DAYO said it was very unbecoming of a member of a national party (NPP) like Hayithung Bill Lotha to indulge in tribal politics for his own personal agenda and interests by branding tribal leaders of 11 Naga tribes as “so-called self-styled leaders and megalomaniac fools”.

DAYO also recalled that the state government had, in a letter to Registrar & Census Commissioner of India on August 22, 2005, officially rejected the 2001 census citing several inconsistencies, erroneous data, exaggerated and implausible population figures. Therefore, DAYO asserted that carrying out delimitation exercise on the basis of a rejected census was not justified. 

DAYO reiterated that in order to ensure transparency, truth and justice once and for all, delimitation exercise should be conducted only once the population data were validated and census judiciously conducted.

DAYO also maintained that it was also in sync with majority of the tribes in Nagaland that solution for the “Indo-Naga political issue” should be given priority, instead of a delimitation exercise that could hurt the sentiments of many and create differences among the tribes inhabiting the State.



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