Solution not election
Ao Senden to meet tribe’s candidates on Jan. 29
Mokokchung, Jan. 26 (EMN): The apex community organisation of the Ao community the Ao Senden has invited all the tribe’s intending candidates to the forthcoming Nagaland assembly elections, besides the presidents of all the political parties in Mokokchung, to a meeting on Jan. 29 .
Ao Senden officials told a press conference on Fri. that the ‘meeting has been proposed to discuss the issue of solution before election.’ It was informed that the meeting has been scheduled to begin at 11 am. No separate letters or invitations would be sent to the candidates in concern, it was informed.
NPCC blames NLA resolution
Dimapur, Jan. 26 (EMN): The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) on Fri. issued a statement claiming that the Nagaland Legislative Assembly’s resolution for a ‘solution before election’ on Dec. 15 2017 was responsible for the “present confusion.”
According to the NPCC–which has no representation in the legislative assembly currently –all tribe ‘hohos,’ Naga ‘political’ groups, and civil organisations have come to support the resolution “excepting NPF and BJP.”
The NPCC statement read: “We must learn from ULB election. It was about 33% women reservation and some other issues engineered by NPF detractors. Today it is about 93 years old political movement which has taken tens of thousands of lives, health and wealth.
“The situation may turn out of control. In the aftermath of the ULB election, when public imposed curfew on the government, it could not move. 20 years of negotiation is enough. People are tired and fed up of paying 10 governments. Any agitation on the issue may rise to a magnitude that may be difficult to control.
“I am sure NPF and BJP party are not taking things lightly. If there is confrontation between public and the government unknown retaliations may lead to massacre of public. Considering the situation, the state government must take up with the GOI.”
JD (U) says Nagaland political parties must come to a consensus
Dimapur, Jan. 26 (EMN): The Nagaland unit of the Janata Dal (United) on Fri. issued a statement reminding that a ‘peace mission’ among Rev. Michael Scott, BP Chaliha, and Jayaprakash Narayan (the founder of Janata Dal), had in 1964 submitted a recommendation to the government of India that “the Naga underground could ‘on their own volition, decide to be a participant in the Union of India and mutually settle the terms and conditions for that purpose.’”
Citing this history, the JD (U) unit of Nagaland stated that there was no reason why it should not ‘emulate and support the Naga peace process and follow the footsteps of our founding father.’
“However, when it comes to the issue of abstention from the forthcoming general election, there should be unanimity amongst all political parties, both national and regional. Electioneering is a democratic process and it has to be dealt in a democratic way.
“The JD (U) makes it clear that it shall not stand against the wishes and aspiration of the people of Nagaland for an honourable solution. In this regard, the JD (U) assures the people of Nagaland that it shall never be the first party to file nomination of its candidates but shall engage for rational dialogue with all other political parties for a unanimous and democratic approach,” it stated.