Kohima, February 11: The agitating tribal bodies gave a deadline to Chief Minister TR Zeliang to step down following the government's decision to hold local bodies’ elections with 33% reservation for women and the death of two persons in clashes between the police and protestors. On Friday the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland Legislature Party DAN appealed to the National Tribal Action Committee NTAC and Joint Coordination Committee JCC to lift the indefinite shutdown.The appeal came after the Naga tribal groups threatened to intensify their agitation after CM Zeliang, after meeting Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday evening, had reiterated he would not step down. The Chief Minister had explained Singh the ground reality of the on-going face off between the NTAC and the government, and the ensuing shutdown which have affected the normal day to day life.
Zeliang also briefed the Home Minister about how his government, determined to fulfill the Constitutional obligation of holding polls to the civic bodies, had initiated the process after several tribal organisations expressed their support to holding of elections to the ULBs with 33 per cent reservation of seats for women, and how these organisations took a U-Turn after the polls were announced.
"The DAN Legislature Party resolved to appeal to the agitating groups to lift the indefinite shutdown, and take up the offer for dialogue being extended by the state government in the true spirit of democratic practices so as to bring about polite resolution to the Urban Local Bodies issue in the State," a statement issued from Chief Minister's Office stated.
The DAN Legislature Party discussed the present situation and came to the conclusion that the issue of election to the Urban Local Bodies is over with the entire process having been declared null and void, and that the stage now is set for dialogue and negotiations on the future course of action to be taken in this regard.
It stated that the legislators discussed the present situation and came to the conclusion that the issue of election to the Urban Local Bodies ULB is over with the entire process having been declared null and void, and that the stage is now set for dialogue and negotiations on the future course of action in this regard. We met the Governor P.B. Acharya on Friday and told him of our demand seeking the resignation of the Chief Minister. The governor told us that he is waiting for the chief minister to discuss on the issue," NTAC Convener K.T. Velie said.
The NTAC leader warned "If Zeliang does not step down; we have no other option but to further intensify our agitation in the form of an indefinite total shutdown which will affect all educational institutions, markets and functioning of banks."