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Nagaland polls: Centre hopeful of nominations soon

Nagaland polls: Centre hopeful of nominations soon

Faced with stiff resistance from National Socialist Council of Nagaland (IM) and Naga civil society groups on holding Assembly election in Nagaland, scheduled for 27 February, political parties in the state have made a decision to wait for the BJP to file its nominations first. As according to the Chief Electoral Officer of Nagaland, no nominations have been filed despite some candidates who collected the nomination forms.

At the manifesto release programme, NCP state unit president Vanthungo Odyuo said the party will field at least 10 candidates and its high command has approved the first six names.

Three more of its MLAs resigned from the membership of the Nagaland Assembly and also from the party ahead of the polls. The Bharatiya Janata Party and the new regional party, Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party, which announced a seat-sharing agreement last week, have finalised 20 and 39 candidates, respectively.

The NPF party has announced to contest for 58 seats out of 60 in the state assembly. The list features the names of candidates for 10 districts. But no candidate, either from political parties or independents, filed nominations papers till Monday.

A joint declaration was signed by all the political parties in the state on January 29 not to contest the polls, in solidarity with the call of the Naga tribal organisations and civil society. "The ground situation here is different and the BJP party functionaries should understand that they have to live among the Naga people", he added.

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The past few days also saw breakup in the 15-year-old alliance between BJP and NPP, with the saffron outfit deciding to join hands with a newly formed National Political Party (NDPP).

When asked about a possible alliance between Congress and NPF, Therie said: "It's too late for an alliance right now but we may have a tacit understanding with all secular forces against communal forces".

The last date for filing the nominations is on the 7th of February, and till now no nominations have been filed for the upcoming February 27 polls, although some political parties have started issuing party tickets.

"The National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) with this press statement informs the Naga people that we fully support the prudent decision of the Naga people for solution of the Naga issue and hence, not to go for election", the NSCN-IM said in a statement this evening.

The state BJP sources here said the party's grassroots workers were against the party forging any pre-poll alliance with anyone.