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KOHIMA, Nov 28 (NEPS): NPF (S), while meeting Officials of Election Commission of India (ECI), told that the Naga people did not participate in the 1st General Elections of 1952 and the 2nd General Elections of 1957.
ECI Officials are here at Kohima and holding a meeting with representatives of various political parties in Nagaland at Hotel Japfu on Monday. Senior NPF MLA Yitachu and Party Spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon represented NPF (S) in the meeting.
They further reminded about the sequence of Naga political developments. They told the ECI as to how all Members elected on Cock Party tickets resigned when Government of India and NNC for the first time signed ceasefire agreement in 1964 to facilitate a permanent solution to the Naga issue.
When the Shillong Accord was signed in 1975, there was no popular Government, and under the President’s Rule, violence spread all over the Naga area. In 1997, when the ceasefire was signed between Government of India and NSCN (IM), the Naga people wanted a solution and not election. This Cock Party as desired by the people did not participate in the 1998 Assembly Elections and for which the Party was derecognized and the Cock Symbol was frozen, the NPF (S) narrated. It further informed their Party’s Cock Symbol was restored when Dr. Shurhozelie contested the Lok Sabha elections in 1999.
They asserted that now, the Party had taken a stand to pave way any day be it one day, one week, one month, one year or anytime in the event solution to the Naga issue was arrived at. Unconstitutional activities in the Party and in the Government should not be allowed to take refuge in the ECI by raising a Party dispute which would not be good for the country and more so in a sensitive State like Nagaland, they also cautioned.
“Our priority as a party is a solution but in the event, a solution is not coming, then the electoral process should not be hampered,” the duo of NPF (S) stated.
With much difficulty, democracy and electoral politics have attained this status in the past 54 years and there should be a popular government at the time of solution so that the popular Government shall be the linkage between the people and the solution, they pointed out.
“The party dispute should be resolved within one week time when the General Convention reports are submitted. The Party President is in Delhi with the General Convention reports as per your office order dated 17.10.2017,” they informed the ECI Officials.