Jalukie, November 29 (MExN): Deputy Chief Minister TR Zeliang stated today that elections for urban local bodies (ULBs) in Nagaland will only be possible after the 2024 Lok Sabha election and the delimitation exercise in various wards.
Zeliang made this assessment while addressing party workers at the inauguration of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party-cum-conference Hall in Jalukie on Wednesday, according to a press release from the Deputy CM Office.
However, he expressed confidence that with the recent passing of the Nagaland Municipal Amendment Bill, ULB elections could be conducted smoothly, resolving many issues faced by municipalities and towns in the state.
Zeliang noted that ULB elections had not been held for 22 years due to opposition from tribal bodies, causing the state to miss out on numerous central projects involving substantial amounts of money during that period.
As the convenor of the Select Committee on the Nagaland Municipal Amendment Bill, Zeliang conveyed appreciation to tribal body leaders for understanding the urgency of the issues this time and for coming to terms with the government's position.
He called on the people to be mentally prepared for the upcoming elections.
Foothill Road soon to become a reality
Meanwhile, the release mentioned that Deputy CM Zeliang disclosed to the gathering that the long-awaited foothill road, proposed to traverse across the state, would soon become a reality.
Emphasising that good road connectivity is crucial for Nagaland's progress, he appealed to all sections of the people to support and cooperate with the government for the successful implementation of important projects in the state.
Zeliang urged people not to disrupt road projects and allow contractors to work without interference, stating that many essential projects are being delayed due to public disturbances.
He also called on party workers to be fully aware of the developmental works implemented by the government and to convey this information to the people.
Highlighting the need for party workers to move beyond the election phase, Zeliang encouraged them to work with a renewed spirit and set a clear vision for leading the people toward peace, unity, and prosperity.
Former Speaker and in-charge of NDPP Peren region, Neiba Ndang, also spoke on the occasion.