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Refraining from voting demonstrates resentment and right recognition of movement: ENPO

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KOHIMA, APRIL 20: The Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organisation, its tribal bodies and frontal organizations today affirmed that refraining from voting demonstrated their resentment while also asserting right to demand recognition of their movement.
In an unprecedented display of unity and determination, the ENPO, Tribal Bodies, ENWO and ENSF spearheaded a successful abstention campaign across 6 districts of EN in the 18th LS election, stated a release issued by Media Cell of ENPO. With 738 polling stations bearing witness to absolute silence, the region delivered a resounding message of discontent and solidarity reflecting the collective voice and will of the people, it said.
“Refraining from voting demonstrated our resentment, this asserts our right to demand recognition of our movement, and for which, we chose peaceful resistance over confrontation”, it said.
ENPO said that with the successful abstention by overwhelming solidarity conveys the powerful message through to those who in the helm of power that the voices of Eastern Nagaland populace can be no longer be ignored nor silenced.
“It also displayed that the EN people now stands more united than ever”, ENPO said while assuring its citizens that in a quest for justice they will continue to go extra mile until their voices are heard and grievances addressed and their aspirations are realized as the genuine cry cannot be ignored or silenced.
The ENPO, Tribal Bodies, ENWO and ENSF expressed gratitude to its citizens particularly, village authorities, women folks, different political party workers and all the volunteers for their commitment to our shared cause and the invaluable role played by each citizen in ensuring success of this historic mass abstention.
“Our populace support has fortified our resolve and emboldened our efforts to advocate for the interest and aspirations of Eastern Nagaland citizens and this remarkable display will not go unnoticed”, ENPO said.
They also expressed gratitude to the Sumi Youth Organization and Dimapur Ao Youth Organization for their deep concern and extending solidarity with the citizen of Eastern Nagaland at such a time of struggle and pain.
Looking forward for continued support from each stakeholders, the ENPO said that “by fostering committed public involvement and cooperation, we can work together to achieve the common objectives and dreams of Eastern Nagaland, paving way for a brighter and more prosperous future for generations to come”.
The ENPO also expressed belief that the Nagaland Chief Minister “may also appreciate that the citizens of Eastern Nagaland have always supported your leadership since DAN-1 to the present”.
The ENPO urged the Chief Minister to maintain and desist from inflicting any political repercussions on its 20 MLAs and the Government servants from Eastern Nagaland region under any circumstances as they demonstrated their resentment through mass abstention in a democratic manner.
Citizens of Eastern Nagaland shall stand behind them in the face of any political adversity, it said.
The ENPO and its frontal bodies further advised all citizens to refrain from passing any negative comments against any leader, individual or group in different social media platforms.
After making clear its disappointment with the Centre by way of abstaining from the Lok Sabha election, the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) has called off the total shutdown in eastern districts.
“The indefinite total shutdown imposed by the Eastern Nagaland Public Emergency Control Room, Tuensang Hq, effective from 6 p.m. on April 18, 2024 is hereby lifted with immediate effect. We regret all inconveniences caused”, stated a press release issued on Saturday.
Almost zero percent voting was recorded in six eastern districts of the State on April 19 following a ‘public emergency’ declared by ENPO, which is spearheading the demand for a separate administration (Frontier Nagaland Territory) with more financial autonomy.
These districts are occupied by 7 Naga tribes ~ Chang, Konyak, Sangtam, Phom, Yimkhiung, Khiamniungan and Tikhir.
(Page News Service)

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