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Nagaland CM affirms State Govt. has no problem with ENPO demand

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KOHIMA, APRIL 19: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today affirmed that the State Government does not have any problem with ENPO demand as it has already recommended for autonomous powers for the region.
Speaking to Reporters after casting vote in his home constituency Northern Angami-II at Touphema village, Rio accepted that the draft working paper for FNT was handed to him in presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
“Everything looks okay except the power sharing between the elected legislators of the region and members of the proposed FNT”, he said.
Reiterating that the Nagaland Government has no problem, he said the State has already recommended an autonomous body so that they get sufficient economic packages to come at par with the rest of the State.
“We could have discussed earlier but when autonomous body is created there has to be proper system with the elected members, which the State Government has nothing to do with but the MLAs and ENPO should sit across the table to work out a formula which they could not do and also refused to accept or study the paper”, he said.
“Only after all these things are over then we will have threadbare discussions”, the Chief Minister affirmed.
Asked if Nagaland Government would initiate action against its 20 legislators from ENPO area for not casting their vote, Rio said “no… because the ENPO had passed an order in a very strict manner particularly mentioning the Eastern Nagaland Legislators Union members to remain in doors on poll day. We don’t want confrontation and let us see what will happen.”
On whether abstention will affect the ongoing negotiations for FNT, he said whatever activities they are doing they know best but the Government of India and as the State GFovernment would take appropriate action.
He also informed that the Election Commission has given show cause notice to the ENPO for curtailing the rights of people to participate in the democratic process.
Rio hoped that the day would pass off peacefully in places where polling is in progress and also ENPO areas where people could not cast their vote.
(Page News Service)