Defying ‘boycott diktat’, 20 Naga candidates to contest Assembly polls-


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GUWAHATI: Defying the diktat of some influential tribal organisations, all 20 MLAs of eastern Nagaland decided to contest the February 27 Assembly elections in the state. The decision was made at a meeting of the Eastern Nagaland Legislators’ Union on Monday. The 20 legislators include four ministers.

The Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO), the apex tribal body of eastern Nagaland, is spearheading a “people’s movement” demanding the creation of a “Frontier Nagaland” state. It has already declared that the people of eastern Nagaland will boycott the polls if the Centre fails to create the Frontier Nagaland state.

Nagaland has 16 districts and the ENPO wants the Centre to carve Mon, Tuensang, Longleng, Kiphire, Shamator and Noklak districts out of the state for the envisaged Frontier Nagaland. Mon, Kiphire and Noklak share a border with Myanmar.

To break the ice, the Centre held some meetings with the ENPO in Delhi, Nagaland and Guwahati in recent times. Union Home Minister Amit Shah attended one of the meetings.  However, even as the deadlock continued, the Konyak Union threatened to “permanently expel” those who will file their nomination for the polls from the “Konyak soil” and hold their villages solely responsible. The Konyaks are a major tribe. 

The decision of the Konyak Union was in consonance with the August 26, 2022 resolution of the ENPO to abstain from participating in the elections until the Centre accedes to the statehood demand. Several other leading tribal organisations from eastern Nagaland endorsed the ENPO resolution.

Nagaland has 60 Assembly constituencies and the 20 seats in eastern Nagaland are currently held by ruling parties, Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (16) and BJP (four). The statehood demand stems from alleged backwardness of eastern Nagaland. The locals alleged successive governments had neglected the region.

“The Centre gives a lot of money but it gets finished in (state capital) Kohima, (commercial hub) Dimapur and Mokokchung. There has been total discrimination against eastern Nagaland for the past 60 years,” ENPO secretary W Manwang Anghaa alleged.

Deadlock continues despite icebreakersTo break the ice, the Centre held some meetings with the ENPO in Delhi, Nagaland and Guwahati recently. However, even as the deadlock continued, the Konyak Union threatened to “permanently expel” those who will file nomination for the polls from the “Konyak soil”.

GUWAHATI: Defying the diktat of some influential tribal organisations, all 20 MLAs of eastern Nagaland decided to contest the February 27 Assembly elections in the state. The decision was made at a meeting of the Eastern Nagaland Legislators’ Union on Monday. The 20 legislators include four ministers.

The Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO), the apex tribal body of eastern Nagaland, is spearheading a “people’s movement” demanding the creation of a “Frontier Nagaland” state. 
It has already declared that the people of eastern Nagaland will boycott the polls if the Centre fails to create the Frontier Nagaland state.

Nagaland has 16 districts and the ENPO wants the Centre to carve Mon, Tuensang, Longleng, Kiphire, Shamator and Noklak districts out of the state for the envisaged Frontier Nagaland. Mon, Kiphire 
and Noklak share a border with Myanmar.

To break the ice, the Centre held some meetings with the ENPO in Delhi, Nagaland and Guwahati in recent times. Union Home Minister Amit Shah attended one of the meetings.  However, even as the deadlock continued, the Konyak Union threatened to “permanently expel” those who will file their nomination for the polls from the “Konyak soil” and hold their villages solely responsible. The Konyaks are a major tribe. 

The decision of the Konyak Union was in consonance with the August 26, 2022 resolution of the ENPO to abstain from participating in the elections until the Centre accedes to the statehood demand. Several other leading tribal organisations from eastern Nagaland endorsed the ENPO resolution.

Nagaland has 60 Assembly constituencies and the 20 seats in eastern Nagaland are currently held by ruling parties, Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (16) and BJP (four). The statehood demand stems from alleged backwardness of eastern Nagaland. The locals alleged successive governments had neglected the region.

“The Centre gives a lot of money but it gets finished in (state capital) Kohima, (commercial hub) Dimapur and Mokokchung. There has been total discrimination against eastern Nagaland for the past 60 years,” ENPO secretary W Manwang Anghaa alleged.

Deadlock continues despite icebreakers
To break the ice, the Centre held some meetings with the ENPO in Delhi, Nagaland and Guwahati recently. However, even as the deadlock continued, the Konyak Union threatened to “permanently expel” those who will file nomination for the polls from the “Konyak soil”.



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