Nagaland Legislators Ask for Election Only After Insurgency Ends

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  • To solve the decades-old Naga Insurgency, the Nagaland Legislators Forum on Thursday has resolved to yearn the Election Commission to conduct elections to the Assembly only after the center finds a solution
  • The resolution has been signed by the Chief Minister T.R Zeliang, Assembly Speaker Imtiwapang Aier and T. Khongo
  • CM Zeliang addressed the gathering and called for ‘one vision, one mission and one goal‘ to find a lasting solution to the vexed Naga political issue

To solve the decades-old Naga Insurgency, the Nagaland Legislators Forum on Thursday has resolved to yearn the Election Commission to conduct elections to the Assembly only after the center finds a solution to it. A clan of elite Naga leaders including the present and former MLAs and MPs met at Regional Centre of Excellence for Music and Performing Arts. The members in the meet resolved to request the members of the Nagaland Assembly to pass a resolution to put their request to Election Commission.

The winter session for the Nagaland Assembly has been summoned by the Governor P.B. Acharya. It will be a two-day session of the Assembly and are dated on December 14-15. It must be noted that election to the 60-member Nagaland Assembly has been scheduled for February-March 2018.

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RESOLUTION HAS BEEN SIGNED BY CM T. R. ZELIANG

The Forum has adopted a four-point resolution and has urged the Indian government and other stakeholders to resolve the Naga political problem before the Assembly elections go on floor.

The resolution has been signed by the Chief Minister T.R Zeliang, Assembly Speaker Imtiwapang Aier and T. Khongo, President of Ex-Parliamentarians Association. Khongo later said that the Assembly elections must be held “only after an honourable and acceptable solution is reached in regard to the Naga political problem“.

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Though the Forum appreciated all the positive steps taken by the Indian government and other stakeholders to resolve the issue of Naga-Insurgency. CM Zeliang addressed the gathering and called for ‘one vision, one mission and one goal‘ to find a lasting solution to the vexed Naga political issue as soon as possible. The Chief Minister T. R. Zeliang applauded the efforts of the Church, Civil Societies and NGOs and recalled that because of their contribution and cooperation, the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland government (since March 2003 ) had managed to leap and gain the highest priority to the Naga political issue.

Lastly, CM Zeliang said, “Efforts at bringing about better understanding between the different six Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) and drawing them closer to each other has been made while numerous resolutions were passed by the Nagaland Assembly and other forums to give the right impetus to the Peace Process from time to time”.

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