KOHIMA, Feb 09: In what has come as a major relief for the Election Commission of India (ECI) and the people of Nagaland in general, the NSCN (IM) has informed that it will not force or coerce the people of the state to boycott the ensuing Nagaland Assembly polls.
The Naga outfit had earlier called for a boycott of the Nagaland assembly polls scheduled on February 27 next.
Despite the call for a boycott of the elections, the mainstream political parties decided to defy this diktat and contest the election as 256 candidates from BJP, Congress, Naga People’s Front (NPF), National Democratic Political Party (NDPP), National People’s Party (NPP) and few other parties had filed their nomination papers.
After scrutiny of the nomination papers, 227 nominations were found valid.
“This clarification is issued regarding the directive on January 30 pertaining to the call of the people for ‘Solution and not Election’. To clear any ambiguity about the directive, the Naga Army was and is responding to the wishes of the people and will continue to do so. The wish of the people is supreme and the Naga Army will respect their decision,” NSCN (IM) said in a statement issued in this regard.
The Naga outfit has also directed its officers and personnel to ensure non-interference in any electioneering matter.
“The Naga Army will never use force or coercion to boycott election,” NSCN (IM) said in the statement.
Earlier, NSCN (IM) warned the political parties that it will take stern action against the people who are found in defiance of the decision of the Naga people.