RSZ, RSU back delimitation exercise

DIMAPUR, JUN 30 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/30/2020 1:17:53 PM IST

Rengma Selo Zi (RSZ) and Rengma Students’ Union (RSU) have declared that any attempt to derail the proposed delimitation exercise by the State government or any entity would be deemed as a direct suppression of the Rengmas’ aspirations and an attempt to further marginalise the already marginalised people of Nagaland.  

In a release, Kenneth Kath and Heiko Kent, presidents of RSZ and RSU respectively, alleged that the 1973 delimitation exercise was a fraud committed on the Rengmas and other tribes and said the Delimitation Act, 2002 was an answer to “our long-felt desire”.

RSZ and RSU affirmed unflinching support of to Joint Action Committee (JAC) of tribal hohos on delimitation and all tribal organisations representing Wokha, Longleng, Peren, Kiphire, Rengmas of Kohima district, Chakhro Angami and Western Sumi people of Dimapur district.

Clarifying that there was no connection between Naga solution and the delimitation process, RSZ and RSU termed the dishonesty of the State government and tribes opposing delimitation by hiding under the facade of Naga political solution as not only objectionable but most cowardly. 

Urging the State government and all “self-respecting” organisations to avoid making utterances that reduced people to laughing stock, the RSZ and RSU advised the government and organisations opposing the delimitation process to stop indulging in delay tactics. 

They recalled that Tseminyu (in 1948), Wokha (1945), Zunheboto (1947) and Peren (1949) were the four bench court headquarters, and all these had already been upgraded to district headquarters barring Tseminyu. 

It also pointed out that when the interim government was set up in 1961-1963, the Rengma tribe had two representatives, but when the first Assembly election was held in 1964, this was reduced to one. 

Mentioning that the Delimitation Commission had in 2003 proposed to increase the number of Assembly seats in Kohima district from seven to eight by delimiting 12 Tseminyu constituency as Tseminyu I &II, the RSZ and RSU presidents alleged that “power mongers” in the State had scuttled the delimitation process even as the Centre failed to uphold its constitutional obligations, adding the Rengma people have not forgotten the episode. 

They also appealed to Naga brothers to look at the delimitation process through the lens of fairness, equality and justice as the massive representational fraud since 1973 that gave disproportionate power to some tribes and districts should prick the conscience of any good Christian. They said the reactions of some organisations reflected petty and arrogant tribal mindset, adding that muscle flexing and power-mongering could never bring goodwill. 

The two organisations cautioned Government of India and Delimitation Commission that bowing down before irrational pressures and arguments would be a defeat of Indian democracy. 



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