Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang on Saturday dropped a bombshell of sorts by saying the Naga People’s Front (NPF) will also boycott the election process if all political parties in the State agree with a consensus.
Zeliang had said he also firmly stands by the call for a ‘solution before election’. “As the incumbent Chief Minister of Nagaland, I am more than willing to offer my services, in the talks between the Government of India and the Naga national political groups, in whatever possible ways to bring about an honourable and amicable solution to the Naga political issue,” Zeliang had said to The Economic Times.
The Chief Minister had further added the NPF on January 23 last endorsed the resolution of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly on solution to the decades-old vexed Naga issue before the ensuing election during its central executive committee meeting.
“The NPF is in a comfortable position to face the polls and win it, than any other parties in Nagaland. In spite of that, our priority is the solution to the Naga problem and for that we can compromise on the election,” Zeliang further said, as per the report.
Zeliang also stressed that even as the political parties in the State were gearing up for the polls, the voice of the masses need to be heard and accorded top most priority.
The Chief Minister, however, assured that ‘peace and progress’ will follow naturally once the Naga issue is solved amicably.
Zeliang also reiterated that he would continue to work for his State despite all criticism and he firmly believes that a permanent solution to the nagging Naga problem will be arrived at and which will be acceptable to one and all.