JAC of tribal hohos back delimitation

DIMAPUR, JUN 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/22/2020 12:43:11 PM IST

Joint Action Committee (JAC) of tribal hohos has come out in support of the proposed delimitation exercise in the State. 

A meeting of JAC representatives from Peren, Longleng, Kiphire and Wokha and unit representatives from Chakhroma Public Organisation (CPO) and Rengma Hoho at Lotha Hoho ki, Keziekie Colony, Kohima on Saturday resolved that the delimitation exercise should be carried out in Nagaland in letter and spirit as per the provisions of Delimitation Act, 2002 (amended in 2003) to uphold the sanctity of the constitution.

The meeting observed that the nationwide delimitation exercise had nothing to do with losing or gaining seats but simply a constitutional obligation to give proportionate representation of people in the State Assembly for equal developmental opportunities. 

It also clarified that delimitation had nothing to do with the Naga issue as the former was a mere constitutional obligation while the latter was a dignified political issue, adding that nobody should preach others on the Naga issue as everyone knew it.

JAC said it was reposing full faith and confidence on the calibre and astuteness of present Delimitation Commission associate member of Nagaland Sentiyanger Imchen and hoped that he would deliver justice to the people of Nagaland by implementing the Act without fear or favour. 

The committee also dismissed the assertion by former Nagaland commissioner and member of Delimitation Commission TN Mannen that the existing seats were distributed tribe-wise and his apprehension that any new delimitation exercise would bring about tribal imbalance and violate Article 371(A) provisions. 

Clarifying that delimitation was done based only on census and not tribes and that it was outside the purview of Article 371(A), the committee stated that Mannen did not know that the delimitation exercise was deferred not because of his “concocted reasons” but because of the alleged law and order problem in Nagaland at that point in time. 

JAC alleged that Mannen, as a Delimitation Commission’s associate member for Nagaland confused the commission by providing fabricated reasons. 

It claimed that Justice Kuldip Singh, then chairman of Delimitation Commission of India, had confirmed before a JAC delegation in Delhi that the Government of Nagaland had misinformed him, besides telling the delegation that he had suggested the State government to delimit the seats based on tribal population instead of total population as he was told that Nagaland was infested by immigrants. 

Meanwhile, the meeting revamped the earlier JAC with CR Lotha as new convener, CPO advisor Razouvotuo as co-convener, Jonas Yanthan as secretary and Joshua Newmai as treasurer, besides, a member each from the units as joint secretaries. 

The meeting also thanked former JAC convener E Konpemo Ovung, secretary-cum-treasurer Idailung Thou, secretaries BS Nganlang, Thsesong Yimchunger, Tsapikiu Sangtam, Khillo G Rengma and Z Makritsü and second treasurer late RF Lotha for their selfless and committed service to the committee. This was stated in a JAC release.



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