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ENPO rejects Cabinet, ENLU appeal

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Informs ECI it won’t participate in LS polls

DIMAPUR, APRIL 1: The Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organisation (ENPO) has written to the Election Commission of India (ECI) informing of its decision to abstain from participating in the Lok Sabha elections, barely two days after Nagaland Cabinet and the Eastern Nagaland Legislators Union (ENLU) had issued a joint appeal to the ENPO to reverse its boycott decision.
“We regretfully inform you of the Eastern Nagaland people’s collective decision to abstain from participating in this election”, read the ENPO’s letter to the ECI.
It reminded the ECI about the March 19 resolution to not participate in any Central and State elections in protest of the failure to settle the creation of Frontier Nagaland Territory “as offered and assured by the MHA on 7th December, 2023, i.e., to be settled before the announcement of MCC to the Lok Sabha 2024 by the Election Commission of India”.
“However, despite numerous reminders through letters and mass public rallies, the MHA turned its deaf ear and finally MCC was announced by the ECI ~ which is why, the Eastern Nagaland populace feels compelled to take this course of action as a means of expressing our collective discontentment.
“It is imperative to underscore that the decision to abstain from participating in any Central and State electoral process is not taken lightly. It reflects the sentiments and aspirations of the Eastern Nagaland people who have tirelessly advocated for our rights and aspirations within the framework of democratic governance”, the letter read.
Further, the ENPO maintained that its decision was not intended as an act of defiance against the electoral machinery or the principles of democracy. Rather, it is a principled stance taken within the framework of the Constitution of India aimed at drawing attention to the “legitimate grievances and aspirations” of the Eastern Nagaland people, it added.
The Organisation therefore requested the ECI to take note of its decision “and make necessary arrangements to accommodate” their abstention from the Lok Sabha elections.
(Page News Service)