Nagaland political groups boycott 27 Feb Assembly polls, want 'solution, not election' for insurgency-hit state
National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) and six Naga political groups have decided to boycott the 27 February Assembly polls demanding 'solution, not election' for Nagas in an all-party meeting held in Kohima on Monday.
National Socialist Council of Nagaland Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) and six Naga political groups issued a joint declaration announcing their decision to boycott the 27 February Assembly polls demanding 'solution, not election' for Nagas in Kohima on Monday. The decision was taken at an all-party meeting where they also cautioned people against filing nominations for the upcoming Assembly polls, NDTV reported.
On Saturday, the Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations (CCNTCHOC) had appealed to the Election Commission (EC) to defer 27 February Assembly elections in favour of an early solution to the protracted Naga insurgency.
"The opportunity for a peaceful resolution of the Naga political issue has never been this favourable as the political negotiations are in advance stage and we cannot afford to distract the focus on the process at any cost," the core committee said in a letter to Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat.
On Republic Day, Nagaland Governor PB Acharya said the state stands on the cusp of history with the Assembly election being held next month and the people being eager for a final settlement of the Naga political issue.
Earlier on 21 January, the Naga Hoho, an apex Naga tribal body, objected to the holding of elections in Nagaland before the insurgency issue in the state was resolved and indicated that it may ask political parties to boycott the polls. A delegation of the Naga Hoho, which has been camping in the national capital for the last few days, met several leaders, including Home Minister Rajnath Singh and voiced their opposition to the polls before a peace pact between the Centre and the Naga rebel group NSCN-IM is finalised, PTI reported.
With inputs from agencies
Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.
Third India-US 2+2 dialogue: Bilateral ties must focus on maximising convergences on strategic interests
The focus on convergences and its institutionalisation through dedicated frameworks alleviates the pressures on the two sides to urgently contemplate formalisation of ties.
India successfully test fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from navy's stealth destroyer INS Chennai
The missile hit the target with pin-point accuracy after performing "extremely complex" manoeuvres, said officials, The defence ministry said that it will ensure the warship's invincibility by engaging naval surface targets at long ranges.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met with his US counterpart Mark T Esper on Monday as part of the 2+2 dialogue, and they briefly discussed the issue of India's border row with China