Kohima, July 12: The demand for a separate state to be carved out of eastern districts of Nagaland refuses to go away.
A public rally will be held on Thursday at Tuensang in an effort to give a tempo to the demand for a “Frontier Nagaland” State by the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO).
According to sources the public rally in solidarity to the ENPO State demand will be held at Clock Tower, Tuensang Town at 9 am where thousands of people from all walks of life are expected to attend.
Similar rallies will also be organized in other district headquarters under ENPO.
The ENPO has already rejected Autonomous Council offer by the State Government. The ENPO had first raised the demand with Delhi in 2010 by submitting signatures of all village chiefs.
The people of eastern Nagaland often complained that they are neglected and discriminated politically and economically. But over the years additional funds have been pumped into those areas for a rapid development but there was hardly any visibility of impressive development.
The ENPO was of the view that a separate State for them would take the people forward in all spheres. It had submitted several representations and memorandums to the Union Government and had met top central leaders.
Out of 60 Members in the State Assembly there are 20 MLAs from five districts under ENPO jurisdiction. Top positions in government, however, have not been occupied by the economically backward tribes.
(Page News Service)