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NPF calls for broad-based consultation with all stakeholders before ULB polls

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DIMAPUR, MARCH 18: Amid renewed opposition against Urban Local Bodies (ULB) elections in Nagaland, the Naga People’s Front (NPF) has called for a broad-based consultation with all stakeholders (especially on taxation on land and properties) before the election is conducted as scheduled on May 16.
In a press release issued on Saturday, the Party expressed serious concern over the ongoing tussle between the various organisations/civil societies and Nagaland Government on the ULB election.
It suggested that that until a consensus is arrived at, the Municipal and Town Council Election which was notified by Nagaland Government on March 9 may be kept on hold.
“The Party does not want the same story of 2017 to be repeated viz. the burning down of the Government offices in Kohima, the private residents of the candidates were vandalised, some of the candidates were even excommunicated from their respective localities and most of all two precious lives was lost. Hence, the Government of the day ought to think twice before rushing to conduct the election.
“The Party maintains its stand on women empowerment and reiterates reservation of women quota in the Municipal and Town Councils; however, the new proposal which the Government of the day is pushing for reservation of Chairperson’s Post for women is devoid of logic”, it stated.
The NPF also reiterated its stand for an early solution to the Naga political issue and urged Government of India and NSCN (IM)/NNPGs to expedite the talks and bring the long-drawn negotiation to a logical conclusion.
“The role of the present day Government as facilitator for an honourable, acceptable and inclusive solution to the protracted Naga issue should be activated with all sincerity as assured to the electorates. Towards this endeavour, the NPF would extend all possible cooperation so long as the Government of the day play its role as an active facilitator in right earnest”, it stated.
(Page News Service)