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Naga orgs castigate Rio for denouncing existence of Naga Hoho, NMA

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Asks CM to talk with maturity & work for unity

Dimapur, August 11: The Naga Hoho (NH) and the Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) have seriously viewed what it alleged is the “unpalatable statements” of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on various occasions denouncing the existence of the two organizations.
In a joint meeting held on August 10, the two organizations came down heavily on the CM’s recent statement during the Joint Legislature Forum and Ex-Parliamentarians meeting on August 7 at Kohima, where he stated that “There is no more Naga Hoho and NMA to represent the voice of the people and also FNR is no more active and the people have lost confidence. So there is no apex organization to work for Naga Peace Process”.
In a statement, the NH and NMA reminded the Chief Minister that in spite of all odds, the Naga Hoho and NMA have been standing firmly protecting the basic principles and common interest of the Naga people till today.
“At this crucial moment, when many of the state-centric people have been trying to destroy the apex organizations in the state and create disunity among the Nagas, it is unfortunate and surprising for a peoples’ leader to castigate and nullify the age old social institutions in such a high level gathering,” it said.
The statement admitted that most of the Naga tribe hohos and woman organizations from Nagaland state has dissociated from Naga Hoho and NMA for various reasons. However, that does not qualify for the Chief Minister to denounce the very existence of the two organizations, it stated.
The statement stated that Naga civil societies are sharply divided at the moment due to various issues that was introduced by the State Government like the Rongmei tribe recognition in 2012, enactment of Art 243T with regard to 33% women reservation in 2006 which compounded to the most unfortunate and unforgettable ULBs election fiasco.
“We are aware that both NMA and Naga Hoho have landed up in this present position because of the division among the men-folk and womenfolk on the above stated issues. At this crucial juncture, we expect the Hon’ble Chief Minister, who is none other than a seasoned politician and a respectable leader to talk with maturity and work hard towards bringing unity and rebuild the fractured Naga society with balance views and objectives,” it said.
The joint meeting called upon all the Naga people young and old, men and women to stand united and face various challenges during this defining moment as we will be able to reach our destiny only when we are united.
(Page News Service)

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