‘There has to be competitive electoral politics so elections will go on as planned. We completely understand the Naga Hoho organizations protesting against the elections and demanding a solution to the Naga political issue but we believe electoral politics will facilitate the Naga Accord, not hamper it. We are committed to the Naga peoples’ unique history. The Elections won’t harm Naga interests. I know that the NSCN (IM) has asked to boycott the elections but ceasefire ground rules must be observed. We ask them to not vitiate the atmosphere. The Framework Agreement is only a framework, it is not the real solution, so please don’t worry about it, Naga peoples’ interests will be protected,’ Kiren Rijiju further clarified.
BJP Announces Neiphiu Rio’s Newly Minted Party as Alliance Partner in Nagaland Elections
The BJP has decided to part ways with its 15-year-old alliance partner, the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF). Instead, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to forge an alliance with the newly minted Nationalist Democratic People’s Party (NDPP) led by former chief minister Neiphiu Rio for the 27 February assembly poll in Nagaland. This was announced at a press conference at Guwahati where the Nagaland In-Charge of Assembly Elections, MoS (Home) Kiren Rijiju and Neiphiu Rio were present. NDPP would contest 40 of the 60 seats in the state assembly while the BJP would field candidates in the remain 20 seats. Rijiju, however, also clarified that both NPF and the BJP were against the Congress and as such might tie up for a post-poll alliance.