Posters demanding solution before election appears in Kohima

Posters demanding solution before election appears in Kohima

KOHIMA, JANUARY 16: Naga organisations have exerted pressure on the Union Government to defer the forthcoming State general election to facilitate the peace process in the form of poster campaign. Sceptical of Centre’s position and sincerity to resolve the protracted Naga political problem,
the State Government and several Naga organisations, including the Naga Hoho, have demanded deferment of election to pave the way for solution to the Naga political issue. But the Centre is unlikely to meet the demand of the Naga people, going by the preparation of the Election Commission of India to conduct the polls.
Chief Minister, TR Zeliang and former Chief Minister and now Lok Sabha MP, Neiphiu Rio had recently met Home Minister, Rajnath Singh and asked the Centre to defer the election.
In the midst of call for deferment of the polls, ECI officials have arrived in the State to oversee the preparations for smooth conduct of the polls. On Tuesday, posters were seen in State Capital Kohima demanding the Centre to defer the polls. The posters have slogans like “Solution before election”, “Twenty years of negotiation is enough”, “No solution, no election” and “Naga solution for better tomorrow”. The powerful Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has also proposed to organise a rally to demand the Centre to defer the polls and expedite the peace process. But the Centre appears to be ready to go ahead with the election, like they did in 1998, disregarding the massive call by the people.
The State Government and various Naga mainstream organisations have been cynical of the Union Government’s assurance to resolve the vexed Indo-Naga problem which would be honourable and acceptable to both the
negotiating parties. The common people are also less optimistic about the impending solution going by all the indications from the Government of India.
The Naga groups which are engaged in the negotiation with the Centre have also not given a timeframe for the solution, nor the Union Government. But the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) said they are giving a final touch to the already agreed points. The Centre and the NSCN (IM) have refused to disclose the negotiated points, even as the leadership of the NSCN (IM) said they will not sign any agreement without the consent of the people.
According to a source, NSCN (IM) and Centre’s interlocutor R N Ravi today held another round of talk at Delhi. The
Naga group was led by Chief Negotiator, Thiungaleng Muivah. And even as Naga people appears perplexed with the current political situation, the election temperature, nonetheless, is heating up across the State with reports of sporadic incidents like in Mokokchung yesterday where there was an incident between two parties.
According to reports, properties were damaged during the scuffle between the two parties.
(Page News Service)