CMO clarifies on Nagaland Municipal Act 2016

KOHIMA, Jan 2 (NEPS): The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), Kohima has clarified that neither the Nagaland Municipal (3rd amendment) Act 2016 nor the reservation of seats for women does not in any way infringe upon article 371(A) of the Constitution of India and the state government (Nagaland) stands by this.

In a statement issued today, it said with reference to the letter submitted by the ENPO on the Nagaland Municipal issue, the CMO clarified that the ultimatum dated 10th Dec submitted by the Naga Hoho and the ENPO was received and the issue was brought out and discussed in the Cabinet meeting on December 12, 2016. The Cabinet felt that it could be in the best interest of the State to go ahead with the elections to the ULBs, rather than waiting for the court verdict on the issue, it said.

However keeping in mind that the ultimatum was submitted by the two apex bodies, it was decided to apprise the leaders of the Naga Hoho and the ENPO, the CMO statement said. Accordingly, a meeting was therefore convened with representatives of the Naga Hoho and the ENPO at the Chief Minister’s residence at Dimapur on 17th Dec 2016 where the Cabinet, Parliamentary Secretaries and other Legislators were present. The position of the government and the need to hold elections was again explained and reiterated. It was felt that all the issues raised were amply clarified on that day and the matter had been understood by all present, it added.

The CMO said the announcement of dates for holding the municipal and town councils were hence issued only on 21st Dec 2016 after the meeting of 17th Dec 2016.

The CMO also said the government had neither ignored nor did it have the intention to sideline the ultimatum submitted by the Naga Hoho and the ENPO. It, however, expressed regret if any misunderstanding was created on this count. In the view of the above, the Chief Minister appealed the ENPO to extend their cooperation in a peaceful conduct of elections to the ULBs which has been set in motion.

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