Nagaon, Oct. 29: The Dilip Nunisa-led faction of the Dima Halam Daogah will not dissolve itself until the recently signed memorandum of settlement (MoS) with the government gets Parliament’s nod.
Nunisa today told The Telegraph that his outfit would nudge New Delhi to move a bill to give constitutional sanctity to the territorial council and other relevant subjects agreed upon in the MoS.
“We want the MoS implemented honestly and sincerely and that is why we have taken such a decision. Dissolution of our organisation and a change of path might bring an end to the present struggle. But if the proposed bill does not see the ray of light, our two-decade-long armed struggle will be meaningless and we will have no answer before the people who now see a lot of hope in the MoS,” Nunisa said.
Nunisa said the winter session of Parliament would be the earliest that the government can move the bill and draft a legislation to pave the way for the proposed upgrade of the present autonomous council to a territorial council. “We will wait for that and till that time the DHD leadership will work as a pressure group,” he said.
Earlier, Nunisa had announced that his outfit would organise a daylong “homecoming ceremony” at the hill district headquarters Haflong by the second week of November where in the presence of representatives from New Delhi and Dispur, the DHD would be dissolved and cadres would go home.
“The homecoming will be arranged as desired. But the time would be changed. We want the bill first and for the sake of that there might be some delay in the celebrations,” he said.
The Nunisa-led DHD and the Jewel Gorlosa-led factions signed the MoS on October 8 for a territorial council comprising the entire Dima Hasao district. The settlement includes some other significant decisions for socio-economic and cultural development of the Dimasa-dominated hilly belts. “The DHD does not want to be in a hurry as there is still enough time for the upcoming council election where the DHD leadership would contest. In Karbi Anglong, the leadership of the United People’s Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) was more concerned about signing the MoS and thereafter they got little scope in pressing the government machinery for implementation. For Nunisa, the UPDS accord was an eye-opener,” said a source close to Nunisa.