Nagaland CM Zeliang blames vested interests for ULB impasse

Nagaland CM Zeliang blames vested interests for ULB impasse

KOHIMA: Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang said that some vested interests were taking advantage of the public movement with regard to Urban Local Body(ULB) elections in the state and turning it into a "politically motivated situation".

Without specifying any individual or group, Zeliang told mediapersons here, "Some vested interests are taking advantage of the public movement and turning it into a politically motivated situation."

Referring to the situation in the state since January 31, the Chief Minister said, "Unless there is vested interest behind this drama, people will not move just like that." He stated that Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) consisting of Naga Council Dimapur, Central Nagaland Tribes Council and other tribal bodies initially wanted the Urban Local Body (ULB) elections to be postponed, which the government had done and even declared it null and void.

Yet, there was fresh demand for the Chief Minister to resign and that means there was vested interest, he elaborated.

Responding to the demand of his resignation, Zeliang said, "I am ready to step down if majority of the MLAs go against me."

Referring to the tribal organisations' stand on the 33 per cent women reservation in urban local bodies, the CM said that there were women candidates who had filed nominations in the reserved seats, but later withdrew their candidature and also went against holding of the elections.

He also claimed that many tribal organisations in the state had initially supported the ULB election with 33 per cent women reservation but later retracted.

(Agencies)

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