Kohima, April 6: The Naga Mothers’ Association has strongly condemned the high handed and repressive action of the top authority of the State government of Nagaland at Hotel De Oriental Grand, Kohima, while the NMA delegation were denied to meet a previously fixed appointment with the German Consul General on Wednesday.
NMA’s press statement issued on Wednesday said its delegates arrived at the invitation of the office of German Consul General upon the latter’s seeking meeting with NMA in March 21, 2023. “Dozens of plain clothes policemen and police women awaited the six member delegation, refusing entry beyond the lobby and informing that they have been ordered to stop them meeting the German Consul General Manfred Auster who had earlier met the NMA at Hotel Vivor last Hornbill Festival,” the statement said.
Stating that the six NMA delegation were stopped to enter the restaurant even for a cup of tea while waiting, the Add SP rushed into the hotel and conveyed that they needed to meet with the Home Department or top police officials before meeting the Consul General, to which NMA said it “refused” on the grounds that the delegation were invited and that it was not an appointment.
“Finally the German Consul General Manfred Auster himself came to the lobby, apologizing for the govt obstruction of the meeting. We were able to share our various concerns on the situation in the State, standing in the hotel lobby, surrounded by police and G20 staff,” NMA pointed out.
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The NMA placed on record its resentment at the disrespect shown to the women delegates which consisted of the former members of the State Women Commission.
The NMA further stated that it was supposed to meet Manfred Auster to discuss further on a project for women which had been shared with the Consul General in the last meeting in December.
Without mincing words, the NMA questioning the very purpose of hosting G20 and B20 summits in the State asked, “If this is the way the State government treats foreign country top leaders and stops discussions for investment and grants, what is the purpose?”