LYOD, Hayithung react to DAYO statement

DIMAPUR, JUL 1 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/1/2020 1:53:20 PM IST

Lotha Youth Organisation Dimapur (LYOD) and has slammed Dimapur Ao Youth Organisation (DAYO) for allegedly not showing any respect to Lotha Hoho (LH), the apex body of Lotha community, in a recent statement.

Clarifying that the hoho had earlier condemned the actions of chief minister Neiphiu Rio, BJP State president Temjen Imna Along and BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav, LYOD in a press release asked DAYO to understand that a State’s leader represented Naga people and not just a particular tribe or community. Reiterating its support for the proposed delimitation, the Lotha youth body criticised DAYO for maligning LYOD’s image, along with that of LH, in accusing them of resorting to tribalism. LYOD reminded DAYO that delimitation did not concern any particular tribe or district, but was a constitutional obligation to ensure justice, equality and proportionate representation in the government. 

Asking the Ao youth body to check facts, LYOD asserted that Lothas did not want to be lectured on delimitation exercise, adding that the community sought its implementation to address the existing disparity and discrimination among the districts over share of constituencies and bring about proportionate representation in Nagaland Legislative Assembly. 

The release stated that political suppression and discrimination had resulted in both political and socio-economic imbalance among various tribes in Nagaland.

According to LYOD, as DAYO being a Dimapur-based body, it  should be more proactive in implementing the delimitation as that would greatly benefit the citizens of Dimapur with increase in number of Assembly seats, instead of accusing and pointing accusing fingers at a respectable apex body of the Lothas.

LYOD also accused DAYO of trying to disturb peaceful coexistence among all Naga tribes and advised the latter to keep away from such “nefarious” activities. LYOD also asked DAYO to have a clear mindset in building a better platform for the citizens of Dimapur in particular and Nagaland in general, instead of indulging in false propaganda and taking the Nagas for a ride.

LYOD asserted that LH was not being unconstitutional nor bias in its endeavour of supporting the proposed delimitation. 

It also asked  DAYO to take into consideration the legitimate and constitutional rights of the neglected tribes as they had suffered for the past many years. 

Clarifying that the hoho was not demanding delimitation for any particular tribe, the LYOD asserted that it was committed to support the delimitation in order to ensure equal and fair representation of all tribes in the government.

Mentioning that DAYO statement was both childish and misleading, LYOD asked the former to focus more on peaceful coexistence rather than create chaos and imprint ill-feelings among the younger generation.

NPP leader reacts: Reacting to the statement of DAYO which accused him of tribalism, NPP leader Hayithung Bill Lotha asserted that Temjen Imna Along was not only an Ao, but also a minister and president of the State BJP and hence people had the right to question him on his actions as long as he held these responsibilities. 

 Lotha remarked that even if a minister forgot he is a minister of Nagaland and started to behave as if he was a minister of his tribe, his clan, his constituency or village, he said DAYO was not expected to be his blind follower.

Calling for looking at things objectively and have the wisdom to correct or condemn what was wrong and not to view everything the tribal prism, Hayithung termed the cabinet meeting of March 2, 2020, about which the people were not aware till DAYO spilled the beans, as “nefarious and draconian manoeuvrings”. 

He demanded that the cabinet clarify why such a crucial decision was taken without consulting the stakeholders. 

He explained that delimitation was not only a constitutional exercise but one for social and political justice and warned that if the leadership viewed it purely with vested interest, then this would only create deeper chasm among tribes, and Nagas would never achieve any desired goal.

He also cautioned that failure to carry out delimitation would lead to mutual destruction. 

While opining that current political structure of the State was built in such a way that only a few enjoyed powers and continued to dominate on the basis of “historical blunder”, Hayithung said he feared that any resolution by the cabinet or Joint Legislators’ Forum (JLF) on delimitation would not solve the problem as their outcome would be obvious. 

He alleged that the power structure had already been created and sustained by the most privileged sections in such a way that even a two-thirds majority in these institutions could be easily realised. 

He said the “JLF drama” would not resolve the real issue until fair distribution of Assembly seats was done according to ground reality and with a clear mind and vision by the leadership. 

Hayithung admitted that Along had every right to write to his party high command as BJP State president if any decision was taken by his party in this regard. However, Hayithung pointed out that in this case it was not BJP’s decision but of the cabinet, for which chief minister’s office or the cabinet secretary was the right person to convey the decision and not a cabinet member.

Reminding DAYO how the State government had rejected the 2001 census by citing the setting up of village development boards (VDB) as instance, he asked the youth body whether Ao villages had not been receiving funds based on the same census which was also the same with all tribes in Nagaland. 

He said the arguments and demands should be based on facts and the glaring inequality regarding tribe representation in the Assembly should be addressed at the earliest. Hayithung said as the Naga political issue was ongoing and there was no threat of delimitation hampering the peace process.

He said delimitation exercise should been taken as a tribal gain or loss, but rather as an effort to establish a just society.


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