Bhadra Gogoi DIMAPUR, Sept 14 - Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) at a public rally in Tuensang headquarters on Friday reaffirmed its demand for a separate State of Frontier Nagaland.
ENPO president Kekongchim addressing a rally in Tuensang on Friday. – Photo: Correspondent
Sources said thousands of people from six federating tribal bodies of ENPO, village councils, gaon burhas (village headmen) associations, frontal organisations, senior citizens and members of public attended the rally. The rally adopted three resolutions, they said.
It unanimously reaffirmed the August 24, 2012 resolution for a separate State demand of “Frontier Nagaland” and its continued stand on the same. The ENPO submitted a memorandum on its demand to the Government of India through the then Union Home Minister on December 6, 2010.
The rally also resolved that the entire public under the aegis of ENPO will continue to “firmly reject” any form of economic package(s) both from Centre and Nagaland Government other than a separate Assembly, separate administration, separate High Court and capital of their own.
It further resolved to outrightly reject the Union Ministry of Home Affairs letter dated 07.08.2018, to the Nagaland chief secretary suggesting preparation of suitable district-wise project proposals for development of Eastern Nagaland area.
The ENPO area comprises four districts of Mon, Tuensang, Kiphire and Longleng and accounts for 20 seats in the 60-member Nagaland Assembly.
Six tribes including Konyaks, Phoms, Changs, Khiamniungans, Yimchungrus and Sangtams are inhabitants of these areas. The ENPO has been demanding a separate State alleging a ‘step-motherly’ treatment by Nagaland Government for a long time. It says the successive Nagaland Governments have failed to bring any economic development in the four districts.
The demand to bifurcate Nagaland has come in the face of NSCN (IM) preparing for integration of all Naga-inhabited areas of North Eastern States under one administrative unit.