Kohima: The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) on Monday announced its decision to protest and oppose the state government’s notification on nominating advisory council members to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) across the state.

As a stop-gap measure, the state government had notified the nomination of members to run municipalities till the time elections are conducted. The government notification issued by Himato Zhimomi, Principal Secretary, Municipal Affairs Department, stated that 33% advisory council seats will be reserved for women and members will be appointed for an initial period of one year, which is extendable yearly, for a maximum of three years.   

“The notification is completely in violation of the Municipal Act. It is inconsistent with the basic structures that have been laid down. The principles of the municipal Act itself have been violated,” K Therie, NPCC president told journalists during a press conference on Monday.

Therie said the party is unable to understand in what manner the state is able to override the Supreme Court as the matter regarding women reservation is sub-judice.

For “petty small fund”, Therie said the state government cannot turn the municipalities as a dictatorship. Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had earlier said the state is not receiving grants meant for the municipalities for not fulfilling “few things”.

As nomination is not provided under the Municipal Act, he said that without an election, the members cannot be nominated.

Rejecting the government’s decision, Therie said that only when elections are held can one-third of the elected members can be nominated by the government.

“But without an election, they cannot nominate one-third of the members. The issue pending in the SC is about women’s reservation. Therefore, the NPCC has decided to object and raise our voice,” he added. 

Therie said the NPCC will be submitting petitions to all the municipalities and town councils, objecting to the formation of the Advisory Councils.

Therie said the government did not bring about any amendment to the Act but has decided on nominating members to “manipulate and dictate” the people.

NPCC working president Khriedi Theünuo informed that the matter regarding women reservation is sub-with the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) as petitioners after the Naga Mothers’ Association had withdrawn from the case.   

Since the matter is sub-judice, he questioned if the government’s decision is against the law and questioned if this decision was brought to the notice of the Supreme Court. 

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