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Govt. respects SC directive, but Assembly repealed NMA 2001 following public pressure: Abu Metha

Abu Metha

KOHIMA, MAY 20: Nagaland Advisor to Chief Minister and Chairman Investment & Development Authority of Nagaland, Abu Metha today said that despite adhering to the directive of the Supreme Court to conduct the elections to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) by May 16, the State Assembly repealed the Nagaland Municipal Act 2001 (NMA) following pressure from civil societies.
The State Government respects the wisdom of the Supreme Court and has been following its directives thus far but the action taken in the Assembly was the outcome of request and the views of the civil society organizations, he said while interacting with media persons on the sidelines of Thekranyi at Khonoma village.
The Supreme Court in its hearing on May 18 said that authorities cannot let the law of the land not prevail.
The Government is carrying out dialogue, debate and consultations with all stakeholders and civil society organisations with one being held recently and the deliberations with all sections of the people will continue, he said.
The aim is to come to an amicable situation where all views are taken into account and move towards the common goal, he said.
On the Court’s direction that the law of the land must be followed, Metha said the SC has given some more time to the Central Government to submit its reply.
Asked on the possibility of having the municipal elections this year, he said since the matter is sub judice nothing can be commented now.
(Page News Service)

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