The Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations (CCNTHCO), which demanded solution to the Naga political issue before the Assembly election, on Saturday said it would not use force to come in the way of any individual’s conscious decision to exercise one’s choice in the larger interest of the people.
The Nagaland Assembly election is slated for February 27.
The CCNTHCO 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, the CCNTHCO urged all the Naga churches to pray for early Naga political solution this Sunday, on February 4.
The statewide Nagaland bandh called by the CCNTHCO on February 1 evoked mixed response.
Issuing a statement after the meeting, the CCNTHCO, however, reminded the political parties that it is obligated to honour the January 29 declaration signed by representatives of 11 political parties in the presence of apex Naga tribes, hohos amd civil society organisations not to issue tickets to any candidate to contest the upcoming elections.
“Once again, the Naga people are reminded that the CCNTHCO comprising tribes hohos and civil society organisations took the initiative to spearhead the “Solution before Election” after the August House of Nagaland Legislative Assembly passed the resolution on 15th December, 2017,” the statement said.
According to the CCNTHCO, it was “the 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 the Government of India and the negotiating groups.
“It is for the Naga people to judge who cast the first stone against Naga aspirations despite the outward expression of sympathy for Naga solution,” it said.