Do not contest elections – Naga groups
Dimapur, Jan. 28 (EMN): The different armed Naga ‘political’ groups currently engaged in negotiation with representatives of the government of India have warned “vested interest and unscrupulous persons” not to sabotage the Indo-Naga talks by way of filing nominations and participating in the coming Nagaland assembly elections.
A statement signed by Hukavi Yepthomi, ‘kilo kilonser’ of the NSCN (IM); and Alezo Venuh, a member of the working committee of NNPGs – was issued on Sun. following a meeting among the groups and various Naga organisations at Hotel Saramati in Dimapur.
The meeting was an initiative of the Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations (CCNTHCO).
“…we appreciate all the political parties, both national and regional, for responding positively to ‘solution, not election.’ The negotiators are indeed overwhelmed by the unstinted support of our people, particularly at this juncture when the Nagas are once again put to test. We also express our appreciation to all the tribal hohos and civil society organisations for their immeasurable services rendered towards building oneness.
“When Naga people as a whole have made the collective decision to forgo election, we caution vested interest and unscrupulous persons not to sabotage the historical processes of negotiations by filing nominations and indulging in election process,” their statement read.
The CCNTHCO also issued a separate statement appreciating the NSCN (IM) and the working committee of NNPGs for ‘coming together and issuing the joint statement’.
“Since all the political parties, both national and regional, have made known their firm commitment not to participate in the forthcoming NLA election, as per the consultative meetings held on 25th and 27th January, 2018, the CCNTHCO once again reminds all the political parties to attend the joint meeting to be held at Hotel Japfu, Kohima, 11 am on the 29th January, 2018.
“Apart from the political parties, the negotiating groups, namely, the NSCN (IM) and the NNPGs would be participating in the joint meeting. The president and GS of all the political parties, 7 members each from NSCN (IM) and NNPGs, and president and GS of all the apex tribal hohos and civil society organisations are to attend the joint meeting,” it informed.