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Lost in translation: LSU clarifies on Patton’s statement


Dimapur, February 2: The Lotha Students’ Union (LSU) has come to the rescue of State Deputy Chief Minister, Y Patton, facing wide spread flak for purportedly implying that he can “manipulate NPSC interviews”.
In a clarification to the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), the LSU said the DyCM’s speech in Lotha-Naga dialect during the LSU conference was “extremely misinterpreted and mis-communicated by anti-social media users to destroy the glorious moment of the LSU Conference.”
LSU clarified that Patton directly made a point that any merit candidate from Lotha community who qualify NPSC written exam or any State departmental exam must come to him “so that he will make sure proper justice will be done to the merit candidate.”
The LSU reminded of its memorandum to the then Governor on 30/09/2017 regarding 2016 NPSC civil service result was “not satisfactory.” At that time, Patton was the Home Minsiter, and he took several necessary steps “as such till today no grievances or loopholes in NPSC results arise,” it said.
Patton also stressed on rewarding incentives to any Lotha successful candidate who clears UPSC civil service exam, it said while terming his speech in the conference as “fully constructive and challenging” with no ill intention.
The LSU also warned of strong action against “anti-social media users” in future, while also appealing to individual or organizations to clarify from LSU office on any issues related to its 51st general conference.
“Miya Jaat”
Meanwhile, the national executive member of National People’s Party (NPP), Hayithung Bill Lotha has urged Nagaland Governor to take appropriate action against DyCM, Y Patton and make him step down and resign on “moral and ethical politic grounds” for deeply hurting the sentiments, creating fissures, divisions amongst Nagas and ‘stocking intra-community centric tension” for referring to Lotha’s of Ralan Area sub-division as “Miya Jaat” and thereafter “Dalals”.
“…the term ‘miya jaat’ as Y Patton used in his speech recently, was intentionally used to connote a ‘most appalling and derogatory category of humans’. In fact it is in essence a ‘racist and inhuman’ outburst and with a ‘fascist mind-set,” he said while demanding action against Patton. (Page News Service)