DIMAPUR, Feb 4 - With all political parties geared up to contest the upcoming Nagaland Assembly elections slated for February 27, the Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations (CCNTHCO) that opposed the election, said that it will not use force to come in the way of any individual’s conscious decision to exercise his choice in the larger interest of the people. The committee took the decision to this effect at a meeting in Kohima on Saturday.While appealing to all political parties and candidates to respect the aspirations of the Naga people, CCNTHCO urged all the Naga churches to pray for early Naga political solution.
The Nagaland bandh called by CCNTHCO on February 1 had evoked lukewarm response.
Issuing a statement after the meeting, CCNTHCO, however, reminded the political parties that it is obligated to honour the January 29 declaration signed by 11 political parties in the presence of apex Naga tribe hohos amd civil society organisations not to issue tickets to any candidate to contest the upcoming election.
According to CCNTHCO, it was BJP which violated the letter and spirit of the January 29 declaration, creating not only chaos and confusion in the State but also putting in serious jeopardy the ongoing talks between Government of India and the negotiating groups.