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Nagaland Assembly unanimously adopts resolution for exemption from UCC

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Kohima, Sept 12: The Nagaland Legislative Assembly on Tuesday adopted an unanimous resolution to exempt the state from UCC. The resolution was supported by all the 60 MLAs, including BJP MLAs.

The resolution is significant as the ruling NDPP is an NDA ally and BJP is part of the government

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said he is optimistic that the Centre will not allow itself to compromise on its agreement, or fail to take account of the constitutional provisions for Nagas.

He also said that a letter from the state government to the 22nd Law Committee has already been sent, requesting the exemption of the State from the UCC. Rio argued that Nagaland should be exempted from the Uniform Civil Code on account of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act. The law grants judicial, executive and legislative powers to Nagaland, as well as autonomy in land-related matters.

The Nagaland law makers across party line flet that UCC dilutes the provisions of the article 371(A) that give special constitutional safeguards to Nagaland.

The assembly also passed an amendment to the contentious Forest Conservative Act, 2023.

This move comes a day after all the parties in the Nagaland Assembly unanimously expressed their opposition to the Uniform Civil Code and decided to pass a resolution against it as well as the Forest Conservative Act, 2023. The decision was taken after members from various political parties shared their views and opinions on the two issues listed to be discussed under ‘matters of urgent public importance’.

Also Read: Nagaland: NPCC alleges poll expenditure much higher than state budget

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