Nagaland Remains Calm; Will Not Resign, Says CM
5 columns of Army deployed & prohibitory orders in force in Kohima
Guwahati: Nagaland chief minister TR Zeliang has rejected the demands for his resignation by agitating tribal organisations and said it was politically motivated. Zeliang was unable to move out of his house on Thursday after tribal mobs who torched government buildings picketed his residence. They also set ablaze his private residence. Five columns of the Army have been deployed in the state and prohibitory orders continued to be in forceinKohimabuttherewasnoviolence on Friday. Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said, “we understand the sentiments of the people, but attacking ministers and vandalising government institutions is not the way to protest.”
Tribal leaders met governor PB Acharya, who has additional charge of ArunachalPradeshandrushedto the state from Itanagar. The governor assured the leaders that wrong doerswouldbepunished.Tribalbodies content that 33% reservation for women in civic bodies violated special rights guaranteed to Nagaland byArticle371(A)of theConstitution.
Facing his worst crisis after taking over as chief minister from Neiphiu Rio in 2014, when the latter was elected to the Lok Sabha, Zeliang told ET: “I will step down if the MLAs want. Somesectionshavestaged-managed the whole thing and targeted me and other ministers. The people will come to know who is fuelling the stir in due course of time. Until now, no MLA has sought my resignation.”
“Therewasoppositionto33%reservation of women in urban local body polls but we sorted it out with tribal bodies.Evennow,wehaddiscussions with the joint action committee and Nagaland tribes’ action committee and decided to put the urban bodies’ polls on hold,” the CM said.
Zeliang said that his government was ready to engage in broad consultations with stakeholders on the issue. The chief minister said that the law and order was improving and added that the state had not requisitioned for central para military forces.