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ULB elections: RPP says NDPP/BJP joining fray in Eastern Nagaland undermines ENPO writ


After the “betrayal” by Neiphiu Rio, the ENPO decided to abstain from the Lok Sabha polls, however, the public mandate spoke for itself, whereby, the INC candidate Supongmeren Jamir, won, said a statement

By Imna Longchar, TFM Nagaland Correspondent

After ensuring that the issue of Frontier Nagaland Territory (FNT) was scuttled, the Rising People’s Party (RPP) on Tuesday said that Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, has orchestrated the latest “outrage” whereby the writ of Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO) was undermined in the form of the NDPP/BJP candidates filing their nominations in the various Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) elections of the Eastern Nagaland.

According to a press statement from the RPP issued jointly by its vice-president, Vitho Zao, and general secretary, Amai Chingkhu, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had earlier issued a directive whereby the Nagaland state government was supposed to give its opinion on the Draft Working Paper (DWP) on FNT before December 31 last year, and whereas as per the ENPO the state government sat on the DWP as per to its press release issued in the month of April this year.

RPP said an “enraged” ENPO exposed the “diabolic policy” of Rio through various press statements and decided to abstain from the 18th Lok Sabha polls which was “historic”.

It also mentioned that after the “betrayal” by Neiphiu Rio, the ENPO decided to abstain from the Lok Sabha polls, however, the public mandate spoke for itself, whereby, the INC candidate Supongmeren Jamir, won.

RPP also added that it was too apparent that Rio has “fooled” the ENPO people twice, doubly aided by his “rubber stamp president”, Chingwang Konyak, as the later, president, NDPP, and also a former “talk team member” for the FNT could not have restrained the NDPP candidates from filling their nominations but he chose to betray his own people.

RPP further condemned the “divide and rule policy” of the NDPP-BJP coalition government whereby the ENPO has been utterly humiliated and made to lose its credibility.

ENPO directs its citizens to be ‘calm and maintain peace and tranquillity’

Meanwhile, the Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organization (ENPO) has asked all its citizens to maintain “peace and tranquillity” while calm to stay calm while informing that in consultation with the tribal councils, the ENPO CEC meet and general session scheduled for June 13 and 14 has been postponed till further notification.

Acknowledging “other” intending Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) candidates who did not file their nominations, the ENPO while reminding them to be “calm” for the cause of their movement, it has also urged all tribal councils to deal with the situation cautiously in order to avoid any misunderstanding and confrontations.

It may be mentioned that ENPO earlier had made known about its decision not to participate in the recently held Lok Sabha polls which saw nil participation and also in the ensuing June 26 ULBs polls continuing its protest on the delay over the demand of “Frontier Nagaland Territory (FNT)”.

PPC president tenders his resignation

Phom People’s Council (PPC) president, YB Angam, has on Tuesday resigned from his official designated post.

In his resignation letter which was addressed to the PPC vice-president, and also to the present MLA, 50 A/C, and DPDB chairman, Longleng, stated that all have stood firm from the very beginning to uphold the “Chenomoho Resolution” but the June 11 ULBs election are the latest of the “very poor taste” which according him he felt he had failed the people of Eastern Nagas in general and the people in particular.

In this regard, YB Angam felt that somebody must take the responsibility and that he had concluded that in these circumstances, it would not be right for him to remain in the office.

Stating that it has been an honour to serve the people in the past six months, in particular, Angam took the opportunity to thanked his gratitude to his people from all walks of life who had cooperated him in all the cause.

Further, he said that he would like all to respect his decision as it was totally his personal decision and would always remain available to his people to render support and cooperation throughout this transition.

Konyak Union summons the 21 intending candidates of ULBs polls

The Konyak Union (KU) on Tuesday also issued a “summon letter” to the intending 21 candidates for the ULBs polls to its office on Wednesday.

According to the summon letter issued joint by KU president, Tingthok Konyak, KNSK president, Ponglem Konyak, and KSU vice- president, O Tingkim, eleven (11) are from the NDPP, while the remaining ten (10) candidates are from the BJP of Aboi, Naginimora, and Tizit divisions.

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