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PIL on BEFR: NNPGs questions State BJP


Dimapur, June 25: The Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) has questioned the BJP Nagaland over the PIL filed by a National BJP leader in the Supreme Court seeking protection for non-Nagas in Dimapur.
“We are left with nothing else than to believe that the PIL is an outcome of the political interests of the Nagaland State BJP unit to reduce the status of the Nagas to ordinary Indian citizens,” said a statement issued by the media cell, Working Committee, NNPGs while vehemently opposing the PIL.
The NNPGs maintained that the State BJP unity should have issued advisory to the national BJP leadership on the consequences of such a PIL when the negotiations between the Government of India and Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) are nearing the final phase.
Nagaland BJP leadership is bound to understand the consequences of such a politically driven move and on the discontent and conflicts that will mount in the Naga society, it said.
The statement also made it clear that State BJP leaders and the ruling coalition leaders of NDPP camping in New Delhi over the past week cannot escape from their ignorance on such a disastrous political move by a renowned national leader of the BJP.
“It cannot be ruled out as an independent decision of the petitioner,” it stated.
“Everyone, should keep in mind that, Nagaland is the only federal unit in the history of free India, that was carved out as a separate political entity and to have a Government without any Act of the Parliament of India. Nagaland came into effect on the 18th of February 1961, with the Council of Naga Tribal representatives. If Nagas are brought in the ambit of any other constitutional provisions, it will be a political suicide. Now, the Nagaland BJP, the ruling partner of the coalition alone will be liable for all the consequences and accountable to the Nagas.”
Stating that such undue interventions in the internal affairs of the Nagas cannot be tolerated, the NNPGs said the same Advocate has also filed PIL against Article 370 and “now, through the North East Frontier Regulation has dragged Article 371 A into the court.”
” It is well laid principle by the Parliament of India that the Nagaland Acts are not laws, but is the legitimisation of an agreement made outside the premises of both the houses parliament, between the Government of India and the Nagas. Beyond any doubt, Article 371A and its predecessor, 1937 Government of India Act have survived over Article 21 of the Constitution. Conflict of Political interests should not be created and Nagaland BJP cannot wash off its hands over such political excesses of its national leaders.”
Asking Nagaland BJP and its coalition partner NDPP to rectify the matter, the statement said if any conflict of law or constitutional provision arises between Government of India and Nagaland, it should not be carried over to the judiciary, but will be sorted out during the due process of political negotiations.
It is the bounden duty of the Government of Nagaland to appraise all relevant courts on the ongoing political negotiations between government of India and the Naga Political Groups. When the political and constitutional matters are subject to negotiations, judiciary also has to be taken into confidence so that there are no roadblocks in the political process, it added.
The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has taken offence to the PIL filed in the Supreme Court by BJP leader Ashwani Kumar Upadhyay, which it alleged was done with the sole intention to hurt the good image of the Nagas and to promote anti-Naga feelings outside Nagaland.
In a statement, the NSF claimed that the PIL is built on falsehood, misrepresentation and ulterior motive with the sole intention to mislead the Supreme Court by projecting the Nagas in a very poor light, and asked the petitioner to withdraw the same.
“The vested interest are expected to withdraw the PIL which is filed before the Hon’ble Supreme Court as the same is built on falsehood, misrepresentation and ulterior motive with the sole intention to mislead the Hon’ble Supreme Court by projecting the Nagas in a very poor light. Should any hatred towards the Nagas arise in any parts of India, the vested interest shall be held solely responsible,” it said.
The NSF also took issue with the accusation of racial discrimination levelled against the Nagas, and made it clear that “in terms of receiving good treatment, the Naga society in comparison to other societies treats everyone with respect.”
“No further explanation is required for the fact that it is the non-Nagas who runs the entire market progressively,” it said.
Also taking serious offence to the claim that many business have closed down and left Dimapur, the NSF said, “Such false claim is only with the intention to spread hate feelings towards Nagas. NSF shall not tolerate such false claim and accusation.”
(Page News Service)