AYO bandh went off peacefully

Kito Achumi

KOHIMA, Jan 9 (NEPS): The Angami Youth Organization (AYO)’s bandh from 7 AM to 3:30 PM in State capital Kohima today went off peacefully without any untoward incident.

AYO called the bandh on Monday after the State Government extended the last date of filing nomination for the civic polls in the State till January 9, 2017.

The bandh at Kohima was from TCP Gate to North PS Junction including D’Block areas. All educational institutions, as well as students attending classes and exams, have been exempted from the bandh.

Talking to the press, APO President Vilhousa Seleyi said they had overcome all the obstacles and could achieve their goal. That had clearly shown that the voice of the people was strong and supreme, he added.

He also expressed hope that those who had filed their nominations would realise the value of their community and also the resolutions of APO. He said the steps taken by the Angami community should be an “eye-opener” to other tribes who also called similar bandhs in their respective areas.

APO President, however, said “money speaks” and therefore, people could not escape from the clutches of money. He explained that the motive and vision of boycotting of nomination was to uphold the Article 371A of the Constitution of India. As long as they were firm in protecting this Article, no law of India could disturb it because the voice of the people was supreme, he added. He, however, regretted that some vested interests with their greed had a high tendency to interpret it in their own “concept and interest.”

Seleyi also said women reservation could be settled within their own community and also further pointed out that whosoever had thought that they were deprived of should come up and whatever issue they had could be discussed and addressed amicably.

He also expressed appreciation to each and everyone for positively responding to the call of the APO.

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