DAYO condemns allegations against State BJP President

DIMAPUR, JUNE 29 (MExN): The Dimapur Ao Youth Organization (DAYO) today issued a statement in response to what it termed were “personal attack and allegations” meted out to Temjen Imna Along, Minister Higher Education & Tribal Affairs and the State BJP President.

A press release from the DAYO President said that the “purported letter of Temjen Imna Along endorsing and conveying to the central leaders to delay delimitation exercise as per the decision of the state Cabinet meeting made on March 2, 2020 along with the Chief Minister of Nagaland is a collective decision and not otherwise.”

The DAYO said that the statement made by the Lotha Hoho and the Lotha Students Union is “unfortunate and unacceptable and therefore we condemn the same.” “We expect the responsible Lotha Hoho and the Lotha Students Union to be more responsible and do thorough research before going to press for this kind of sensitive matters,” it added.

The DAYO added that as an elected memeber of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly and a member of the Cabinet, “he has every right to express the decision of the Cabinet.” 

“The decision of the Cabinet to delay delimitation process is not the decision made by him alone,” the DAYO said.

The organization meanwhile stated that the Government of Nagaland has officially rejected the census of 2001 conveying the rejection of 2001 census stating several inconsistencies, erroneous data, exaggerated and implausible population figures. 

The DAYO opined that until the population data is validated and it's census judiciously conducted, then only can delimitation exercise be conducted. It also stated that in consonance with “majority of the tribes in Nagaland that solution for the long awaited Indo-Naga political issue should be given first priority instead of delimitation exercises which may hurt the sentiments of many and create differences amongst tribes inhabiting Nagaland.”