Keep off polls, NSCN faction warns cadre

The Isak-Muivah faction of the extremist National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) has warned its members against defying the decision of Naga groups and organisations opposed to the February 27 Assembly polls in the State.

“We reiterate our stand that imposed election is not acceptable to the Naga people. Serious consequences as per azha (order) of the government (of the NSCN-IM) shall be imposed on any national worker (NSCN-IM worker) found defying the decision of the Naga people,” the outfit said in a statement on Sunday.

BJP, Cong. back out

The core committee had on January 29 taken a decision to boycott the polls unless New Delhi settles the Naga peace process once and for all.

Representatives of 11 political parties endorsed the decision but the BJP, the ruling Naga People’s Front and the Congress backed out apprehending a 1998-like situation, when a similar boycott led to the Congress winning 43 of the 60 seats uncontested.

Officials in Nagaland said they do not perceive any trouble from the NSCN-IM since the diktat is specifically for its members, many of whom had in the past voted for or backed candidates of their choice in individual capacity.

On Saturday, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju made it clear that insurgent groups should adhere to the ceasefire ground rules. “We have conveyed our message to all the groups not to create any trouble. Any violation of ceasefire ground rules will not be viewed positively,” Mr. Rijiju said.

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