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NTC supports ZPO’s ‘legitimate protest’

Dimapur, May 10 (MExN): The Nagaland Tribes Council today urged the State Government to “immediately rectify the erroneous action” of not inviting Zeliang Tribe, recognized as a constituent tribe in Nagaland along with the rest of the other Naga tribes to its scheduled consultative meeting on May 11.

The Zeliang People’s Organisation (ZPO) Nagaland, on May 9, has stated that it will not attend the Tribal Hohos meeting called by the Political Affairs Committee (PAC), Government of Nagaland on May 11 in Kohima, which it argued, “may later be detrimental and jeopardizing to our future.”

Making its observation on the recent developments of legitimate protest by ZPO for being “ignored by the state government”, the NTC in a press note from its Media Cell noted that the action of the government has “far reaching consequences.”

“What has irked the ZPO is that Zeliang tribe which is a recognized constituent tribe in Nagaland is not invited along with the rest of the other Naga tribes to the scheduled consultative meeting, and whereas, Zeliangrong which is not a recognize tribe in Nagaland is invited to represent Zeliang tribe,” it said.

“The action of the state violating its own notified list of scheduled tribes in the state is a matter of grievous concern and has far reaching consequences,” it added. In this regard, the NTC asked that State Government to “immediately rectify the erroneous action and uphold the honor and decorum of legitimate right of the Zeliang tribe for all times to come.”


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