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Dimapur, Jan 20: In poll bound Nagaland, the solution for Naga political issue grows louder after several Naga organisation threatened to boycott the ensuing elections in the state.

The Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisations (ENPO), the apex tribal organisation of Nagaland, has threatened to boycott the upcoming assembly polls if their demand for separate state is not met before elections. Earlier, seven tribes of the area did not participate in the Hornbill Festival.

The Konyak Union on Wednesday decided to remain steadfast and firm to the August 26, 2022 ENPO resolution to abstain from participating in the upcoming 2023 Nagaland Assembly polls until the Government of India grants the demand of ENPO for a separate statehood.

This decision came after Konyak Union held an emergency meeting at Konyak Union conference hall in Nagaland’s Mon district on Wednesday.

On the other hand, the NSCN-IM clearly stated that the Nagas do not acknowledge any agreements signed under the Indian constitution.

“We stand by the Naga National decision of May 31, 2022, ‘to uphold and protect Naga unique history and Naga national principle at any cost’, and therefore, we uphold the sanctity of the Framework Agreement that was signed on the foundation of respect for and recognition of the sovereignty of the two entities – Nagalim and India. We reaffirm ‘The Letter and Spirit of the Framework Agreement’ of the Collective Leadership, dated Oking, December 16, 2022, whereby sovereignty of the Naga nation is upheld and the Naga national flag and Constitution are declared as integral to Naga sovereignty. We also reaffirm the resolution of the Collective Leadership and the NSCN members of July 23, 2019 to, ‘uphold the 3rd August, 2015 Framework Agreement and strive to conclude’,” NSCN-IM stated.

They also stated that in 2018, when the civil societies and all political parties, including the BJP, unequivocally demanded a solution before election, the BJP “breached the trust of the people” and filed nominations with the slogan “Election for solution”.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Wednesday announced that the polling for the assembly elections in Meghalaya and Nagaland will be held on February 27. The polling for the assembly elections in Tripura will be held on February 16.

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