DIMAPUR, Feb 21 � Joining several other Chief Ministers, including West Bengal�s Mamata Banerjee, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today opposed the proposal to set up the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) by the Centre. He said that the State Government is for removal of even the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and not addition of another all-powerful body.
Talking to media persons on the sidelines of the Kohima District VDB Conference at Khouciezie, Rio said rather than introducing the NCTC, the Centre must apply the AFSPA to all the States if it must. Or if AFSPA is dead then it should be removed from all the States, he said.
�When AFSPA is already in force why should they introduce another one; let that be applicable throughout the country,� he asserted.
Queried further on the powers of arrest and search of the proposed NCTC, Rio said �that is wrong� and that the federal structure or relationship between Centre and the States will be disturbed.
Extending his support to the other Chief Ministers opposing the NCTC, he stated that the State Government is already against the AFSPA and the question of supporting introduction of another similar one on top of it does not arise.
Asked about the stand of the State Government on the fresh spurt of factional violence in the State, Rio said �no government, be it Delhi or Kohima, can stop these underground elements and anti-social elements carrying out crimes and killings�. However, he asserted that the State Government is making all efforts to check anti-social activities and maintain law and order. But it�s like �rats running around and we cannot prevent such things which do not come to the notice of the government and these people will not ask permission from the State for the killings or illegal activities�, he said.
On the split between the NSCN-Khaplang and NSCN Khole-Kitovi, he said it is their internal problem and he has no comment. However, stating that the State Government�s constant plea is for all to unite and reconcile, he said indulging in violence is going against the voice of the people. Therefore, if they are real national workers fighting for the cause of the Naga people, they should listen to the voice of the people, Rio said.
Asked whether the State Government would go ahead with the civic polls by implementing the 33 per cent women reservation despite opposition from various tribal bodies, Rio reminded that they had held consultations on the issue. �But as per court directive, we have announced elections to Municipal and Town Councils, and therefore we will go as per the Act and will implement women reservation�, he stated.
As for the dates for the elections, he said it is to be decided by the Election Commission and not by the Government.
Rio also clarified that the 33 per cent women reservation would be implemented in every third ward.