India Northeast

Naga Hohos threaten to call bandh in Nagaland on 1 Feb

Dimapur: Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organizations (CCNTHCO) here on Tuesday warned that if the Election Commission of India goes ahead with the issue of election notification on 31 January despite 29 January joint declaration of political parties; they will have no option but to go to the streets to impose a one-day total state-wide bandh on 1 February.

Theja Therie, Convenor, CCNTHCO informed that the total statewide bandh will automatically come into force, however, army and paramilitary, district administration, educational institutions, ambulance and medical services, and media will be exempted.

He said the CCNTHCO deeply appreciated the political parties for the 29 January Joint Declaration, which is as per the desire of the Naga people.

As per the historic Joint Declaration all the political parties, both national and regional have taken the decision not to participate in the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly elections. The 11 political parties, namely, UNDP, NPF, BJP, INC, NPP, Nagaland Congress, NDPP, NCP, Lok Jan Shakti Party, AAP, and JD (U), in the presence of the apex Naga tribal hohos and civil society organisations and the NNPGs, namely, the NSCN (IM) and the NNPGs Working Committee, took the history-defining decision in tune with the Naga people’s cry for Solution to the 7 decades old Naga political issue.”

The CCNTHCO spearheading the call of ‘Solution before Election’ is confident that the GoI will honour the deepest desire of the Naga people that there should be a Naga solution before divisive elections are held in Nagaland.

Yesterday meeting have also passed several resolutions that include any candidate or political parties defying the call of ‘Solution before Election’, or violating the 29 January Joint Declaration shall be treated as “anti-Nagas”.

The apex tribal hohos shall monitor all the district and sub-divisional HQs for 1-7 February so as to deter any unscrupulous and vested interests people from filing nominations.

The CCNTHCO also appealed to the Nagaland Baptist Churches Council (and other organisations) to pray for the success of the call for ‘Solution before Election’; and to put on hold the Clean Election Campaign for the moment.

The CCNTHCO publicly urged the NNPGs to reign in their cadres, if any, participating in the electioneering process.

It further resolved that in commitment to the Joint Declaration, the political parties should honour the pledge in letter and in spirit, which also means not attending the political party meeting with the CEO to be held on the 30 January. And also urged all the candidates to stop the electioneering activities with immediate effect.

Hindustan Samachar

Amit Kumar

By Amit Kumar

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