Na­ga­land Remains Calm; Will Not Re­sign, Says CM

5 col­umns of Army de­ployed & pro­hibitory or­ders in force in Kohima

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Bikash.Singh@ times­group.com

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.

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