Dimapur, June 22: Joint Action Committee of Tribal Hoho representatives of Peren, Longleng, Kiphire, Wokha and the Unit representatives from Chakhroma Public Organization (CPO) and Rengma Hoho deliberated on the pros and cons of delimitation issue in a meeting on June 20 last and affirmed that the nationwide delimitation exercise has nothing to do with losing or gaining seats but simply a constitutional obligation to bring about proportionate representation of the people to the State Assembly for equal developmental opportunities.
JAC resolved that the delimitation exercise be implemented in Nagaland in letter and spirit as per the provisions of the Delimitation Act 2002(amended in 2003) to uphold the sanctity of the constitutional obligation.
The meeting viewed that delimitation also has nothing to do with Naga issue as it is a mere constitutional obligation, while Naga issue is a dignified political issue. Everyone knows what the Naga issue is and hence nobody should preach to others on Naga issue, it observed.
Reacting to the statement of former Nagaland Commissioner and Member Delimitation Commission Nagaland, T N Mannen, the meeting stated that his statement is simply laughable and at best demeans his own stature as a retired IAS officer.
Mannen had stated that, “…the existing seats were distributed tribe wise and that any new delimitation exercise would bring about tribal imbalance and….that any such exercise would collide with Article 371 (A).”
The JAC said, “Even for an ordinary mind, it is understood that delimitations are done based only on Census and not tribe-wise and besides the Delimitation is outside the purview of the Article 371 (A).”
JAC stated that T N Mannen also did not know that 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. “What Mannen did, as the Delimitation Associate Member for the State of Nagaland, was confuse the Delimitation Commission with vested interest lies and fabricated reasons. We confirm this lie by what Justice Kuldip Singh, the then Chairman of the Delimitation Commission of India told the then JAC delegate, when the later called on him in Delhi to apprise him of the ground realities of Nagaland, that the government of Nagaland had misinformed him and even told us that he had suggested Nagaland Government to delimit the seats based on Tribal Population instead of total population as he was told that Nagaland was infested by immigrants,” the JAC stated.
The JAC reposed full faith and confidence in the caliber and astuteness of the present Associate Delimitation Commission Member of Nagaland, Sentiyanger Imchen that he would deliver justice to the people of Nagaland by implementing the Act of Parliament without fear or favor.
Earlier, the meeting held at Lotha Hoho Ki, Keziekie Colony, Kohima revamped the earlier JAC with C R Lotha as the new Convener, Razouvotuo, CPO Advisor as Co-Convener, Jonas Yanthan as Secretary, Joshua Newmai as treasurer besides, a member each from the Units as Joint Secretaries.
The meeting also thanked its former JAC Convener, E Konpemo Ovung, Secretary-cum-Treasurer, Idailung Thou, Secretaries, B S Nganlang, Thsesong Yimchunger, Tsapikiu Sangtam, Khillo G.Rengma, Z. Makritsü and Late R.F Lotha, the second Treasurer for their selfless committed service to the JAC. (Page News Service)