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Delimitation Row: LH slams Rio, BJP leaders

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Dimapur, June 26: The Lotha Hoho (LH) has vehemently condemned the action of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, BJP Nagaland president Temjen Imna Along and BJP national general secretary, Ram Madhav for recommending postponement of delimitation in Nagaland.
In a press release, LH chairman Mhondamo Ovung and joint secretary Amos Lotha has the hoho has been given to understand that the Nagaland BJP president and Chief Minister had recommended the postponement on their own; without consent of party legislators or party leaders.
“The LH has taken this stand of the duo and Shri Ram Madhav as anti Naga and with vested tribalistic interest against the general Naga interest,” it said.
The LH maintained that all Nagas, even those supporting postponement of delimitation, know very well that the last delimitation was implemented 50 years ago; in 1974-75 (on the basis of 1971 Census) and it is high time that Delimitation must come to Nagaland since it is for the common interest of all Nagas and for fairness.
The LH insisted that the Naga political settlement and delimitation are two entirely different issues and linking the two issues is only a lame excuse and with vested interest. “All Nagas have been given to understand, long ago, that the Naga Settlement is within the India Constitution. Hence Delimitation is not going to disturb any decree of the Indian Constitution or the Delimitation. The LH will oppose this unfair and tribalistic attitude of the duo and invite all right thinking Nagas to condemn the action of the duo. The LH has issued Press statements earlier supporting the implementation of Delimitation in Nagaland and stands firmly in support on its earlier stand in support of Delimitation.”
Stating that since the Delimitation Act is passed by the Indian Parliament and since the Delimitation Commission was constituted by the BJP Government of India, the LH said a party leader who opposes the ordinance of its own Government, like Temjen Imna Along, must be removed from office and taken disciplinary action. (Page News Service)