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Withhold delimitation, expedite Naga solution, says 11 Naga tribes

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Dimapur, June 16: Eleven tribe hohos of Nagaland have appealed to the Prime Minister of India to withhold delimitation process in the State during the pendency of the final settlement of Naga political issue.
In a memorandum to the Prime Minister, the presidents of 11 tribe hohos appealed to the Centre for peaceful and early solution to the protracted Indo-Naga political issue before the implementation of Delimitation in Nagaland.
The 11 tribe hohos are Sumi Hoho, United Sangtam Likhum Pumchi, Yimchungru Tribal Council, Chang Khulie Sutshang, Khiamniungan Tribal Council, Pochury Hoho, Konyak Union, Ao Senden, Chakhesang Public Organization, Angami Public Organization and Zeliang Peoples’ Organization Kohima.
“While we were eagerly waiting for an early solution, we are much dismayed on the steps taken by the Government of India to go ahead with the Delimitation exercise in the state of Nagaland,” it said.
The memorandum pointed out that if the process of Delimitation exercise is allowed to proceed, there will be another delimitation exercise all over again after finalization of the Naga political issue in as much as the number of seats for Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and the State assembly constituencies will be increased and necessary consequential action for redrawing the Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies shall be followed.
As such the delimitation process with respect to the state of Nagaland would be a futile exercise and implementation of delimitation in our state at this juncture when the process of resolving the Indo-Naga political solution is yet to be finalized will be incongruous,” it said.
“The protracted aspiration of not only the tribes of Nagaland but all Naga people for a peaceful Naga solution and enduring peace in our land is no longer incomprehensible and therefore this be first finalized at the earliest before delimitation is implemented.”
Considering the entire facts and circumstances, the memorandum expressed confidence that the Prime Minister’s Office will take up the matter with the appropriate authority to defer the delimitation exercise during the pendency of the final settlement of Naga political issue. “Delimitation should not be imposed upon us at this juncture when the Naga people are at the cusp of witnessing the much awaited Naga solution,” it appealed. (Page News Service)