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With 4 days left for the Hornbill Fest, CM desperate for ENPO’s yes

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 26: As the countdown to Hornbill Festival 2022 becomes shorter by the day ~ with only four days left now ~ Nagaland Government on Saturday made one desperate push to persuade the 7 eastern Nagaland tribes to revoke their decision to boycott the festival.
As things stood at the time of filing of this report, the State’s attempt ~ led by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio himself ~ did not achieve the desired response, at least in the immediate sense.
The Chief Minister had invited leaders of Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO), Eastern Nagaland Women Organisation, Eastern Nagaland Students’ Federation and the constituent tribal units of ENPO to a meeting at Chümoukedima on Saturday evening.
In the closed-door meeting, the Chief Minister reportedly appealed to the ENPO and its affiliated organisations to withdraw their resolution to not participate in Hornbill Festivals.
A source said that in response, the ENPO leaders told the Chief Minister that the decision to participate or not was for its Central Executive body to take. Reportedly, Rio suggested to the ENPO to decide among themselves and relay the message to the Government.
According to Home Commissioner, Abhijit Sinha, the meeting was called to ‘discuss about the participation of artistes from eastern Nagaland’ since they had passed a resolution to boycott the festival because of the hardships they face.
“We have made a request to reconsider their decision”, he said adding that the ENPO delegation did not give their decision.
After the meeting with the Government, the ENPO and its delegation held another among themselves. It lasted till 7:50 p.m.
A source said that most of the leaders were opposed to backtracking on their decision on the ground that they cannot compromise with their principle now. Most of the leaders suggested against revoking the decision, it was informed.
Currently, the scenario appears bleak for the State Government; even if the ENPO Central Executive were to do a u-turn and decide to participate in the festival, the 7 tribes might find that three or four days’ time inadequate for them to prepare themselves for the event.
(Page News Service)