Oil: Cracks in Kyong Hoho as PIL is rejected
DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 26
In what appears to be cracks in the Kyong community’s leadership over the issue of petroleum exploration activities in Wokha, the Kyong Hoho has stated that the Public Interest Litigation filed by the Kohima Kyong Hoho “does not represent the interest of Lotha community.”
The Kyong Hoho met on November 26 in the LTC hall in Wokha town. A number of resolutions pertinent to oil and natural resources, border and other issues were undertaken by the organization during the meeting. “The hoho decided that No Objection Certificate for pre-production process can be issue by the village authority, if they so desire. The PIL filed by the Kohima Lotha Hoho does not represent the interest of Lotha community as they are subordinate unit of the apex body,” a copy of the resolutions from the organization stated. The press release did not elaborate on the matter.
On the border issue, the organization has resolved to “participate by the Supreme Court concillary move for people to people talk for amicable solution of all border disputes.” Regarding the present “land problem” in the border areas of Ralan, the meeting urged both the government of Assam and Nagaland to “immediately settle the issue as the Lotha continues to claim over their ancestral land and will not allow resettlement of Adivasi tenant.”
In a related matter, the organization has also stated that the November 28 meeting called by four organizations i.e. Eloe Hoho, Kyong Students’ Union, Lotha Youth Hoho and Village Council Chairman Union has disallowed formation of a parallel tribal body.
The meeting also deliberated on the name of the community ‘Lotha’ or ‘Kyong.’ “Henceforth, the term Lotha Hoho was changed into Kyong Hoho. The House clarifies to use Kyong only for the organization. There is no hoho notification or resolution imposing upon any individual to use as Kyong. Therefore, the hoho appealed to all the Lotha citizens not to misconstrue Kyong or Lotha,” the press release stated.