Saturday, August 13, 2022

Nagaland: Urban bodies appeal govt to hold civic polls

Dimapur Urban Council Chairman Federation (DUCCF), Association of Kohima Municipal Wards Panchayat (AKMWP) and All Wards Union Mokokchung Town (AWUMT) have reiterated their appeal to the state government to urged conduct Urban Local Bodies (ULB) election at the earliest after due rectification and amendment of the Nagaland Municipal Act wherever it infringed the Article 371 (A) of the Indian constitution.
In a joint representation addressed to the state chief minister, DUCCF president Tsenthungo Nyamo, AWUMT president Limanungsang and AKMWP president Thejao Sekhose maintained that any act of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly that infringed upon Article 371 (A) was not acceptable.
The signatories stated that the Nagaland Municipal Act, 2001 and its further amendments, which infringed upon Article 371 (A), if not ratified, would have set a precedent detrimental to the rights of the Naga people.
The three bodies also expressed regret over state government not inviting them to any consultative meeting with regard to ULB election. Meanwhile, the state chief minister in a file noting on the joint representation, directed the chief secretary to examine the matter and call for consultation and also seek legal opinion from advocate general to amend the Act as requested.
Announce civic polls: State JD(U)
Janata Dal (United) Nagaland state unit has urged the state government to immediately announce the date and conduct of election to the local bodies.
In a press release, JD(U) Nagaland unit general secretary Imsumongba Pongen dared the state government to hold the election to the municipalities before the next election to the 14th Nagaland Legislative Assembly.
JD(U) unit stated that the inability of the state government to hold civic election was “very disappointing” despite the Supreme Court repeatedly reprimanding state government over delay in holding local body polls.
The party state that the opportunity to be given for local self-governance was a matter of Constitutional rights for the people at large. “Shying away from such obligation raises a doubt on the credibility of the government of the day,” it stated.
JD(U) unit stated that delaying the civic polls reveals that the government has “no guts to face the public at the local level for fear of losing the elections.”


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