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Finally Nagaland BJP unit has decided to file candidates in the upcoming state election

Imphal, Feb 2: Nagaland State BJP Unit has finally taken the decision to contest the upcoming assembly poll even though it had earlier decided to stay off the election following unanimous decision of 12 political parties not to go for poll.
NSCN-IM and other civil society organisation supporting the settlement of the Indo-Naga Crisis had boycotted the Nagaland Election demanding solution to the Indo-Naga issue before the election. Some civil bodies had even called total shut down in the state yesterday however, was partially succeeded as many are against such boycott called.  The BJP had suspended two of its member for aligning the resolution for differing of the state Assembly election.  
In a major significant development a delegation of  Bharatiya Janata Party Nagaland  State Unite led  by State President Visasolie Lhonugu,  accompanied by former State President Dr M.Chuba Ao and former Home Minister Y.Patton  met the National BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav,  in -charge for North East Political BJP election affairs at New Delhi today.
Source from the BJP said that The General Secretary is authorised by the BJP high command to discuss and sort the matters pertaining to the Nagaland State BJP Election affairs. During the meeting the State team apprised the Central leaders about the present political situations in the State of Nagaland.

 After a thorough deliberation, it was agreed upon that BJP would contest the Election for the cause of Solution in the State as per scheduled.  
Mention may be made that Ram Madhav had earlier said that the upcoming election is for the solution to the Naga problem. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who is the election in-charge of BJP in Nagaland, has also stated that “Elections are a constitutional process and the central government is bound by the Constitution”. The series of development taking place in the political theatre of Nagaland is a clear indication which showed that the BJP is taking part in the upcoming election.
Mention may be made that in 1998, all parties except Congress had boycotted the elections following a called by the Naga Hoho and the NSCN-IM. Congress had swept the elections winning in 53 seats and while independents bagged seven. In Manipur too the NSCN-IM and its frontal bodies boycotted the 7th Manipur Assembly Election in 2000 and the 13th Lok Sabha Election in 2002 , however, the election was held under tight security arrangement giving a blow to the outfit as some candidate from each constituency had filed nominations. It was after these experiences that the NSCN-IM had projected the NPF as they felt that restraining from election did nothing good to the aspiration of the NSCN-IM.
This time the NSCN-IM leadership had openly declared to restrain candidates or political parties to stay away from the election. But one thing that was witness yesterday was that the total  shut down called in favour of the Naga solution before the election had affected only in 5 districts. Civil bosies from the remaining 6 districts supported holding of the election.

William Gurumayum

William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. A avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.

1 comment

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Saturday, 03 February 2018 08:04 Comment Link

    Unless all the Nagas have one voice, one opinion and one political interest, solution can't be reached at expected time!

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