Kohima: Following the Central government’s decision to constitute a commission for delimitation of Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies in the Union Territory of J&K, and the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland, the Janata Dal-United JD(U)’s Nagaland state unit said that the move is “justified”.
A press statement issued by the publicity wing of JD(U) Nagaland on Wednesday said that the recent announcement and formation of Delimitation Commission which included the state of Nagaland is “very much justified”.
“While the rest of the country has already completed the process of delimitation by 2008 as per the recommendation of the Delimitation Commission 2002, it has been long pending for these states. Nothing can be indefinite and therefore, all things are bound to be given logical conclusion,” the statement read.
Reacting to a statement issued by CM Neiphiu Rio-led Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), the JD(U) questioned on what grounds it claimed that Nagaland was exempted from the purview of the Delimitation Commission of 2002 “because of the ongoing political talks”. It also questioned if the NDPP obtained a notification by the government of India to justify this claim.
If NDPP is concerned about the ongoing political talk, it raised as to why the party does not organise a rally or dharna in Delhi to “expedite the issue instead of using the Naga political problem as a bait to fulfil their vested political interests”.
“If the NDPP is so concerned about the ongoing political talks, why can’t they step down as a solemn sacrifice for the frustrating delay in the ongoing talks?,” it questioned.
Further saying that the “NDPP is not able to exhibit any practical action to walk the talk while in power”, it said that there is no guarantee for them to “step down after the peace talk is concluded”.
“Nagas are keenly watching the commitment of the ruling government and their pragmatic actions towards the fulfilment of their assurances during the last election,” it added.
While the NDPP has stated that the “tribal equity and dynamics of district representation are crucial factors which require widespread consultations”, the JD(U) suggested that instead of coming out in reaction to the Delimitation process, it said that the NDPP should convene a meaningful meeting for all parties to discuss the matter.
Strongly suggesting that instead of getting worked up with the announcement of delimitation process, it said that an “urgent all-party meeting” should be convened to “ponder on the frustrating delay of the ongoing peace talks”. Furthermore, it said that an all-party meeting must go to Delhi and organise democratic agitation and meet the Prime Minister to serve an ultimatum on the issue at hand.