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Jamir against NSCN (I-M) taking part in polls

KOHIMA DEC.7 . Virtually launching the Congress campaign for the next year's poll in Nagaland, the Chief Minister, S. C. Jamir, today announced various measures to be taken up by the Congress if voted back to power and asked the NSCN (I-M) not to get involved, directly or indirectly, in the exercise till the Naga political issue was settled.

Mr. Jamir, who announced schemes to be taken up by the next Congress Government at a public meeting in Tuensang district yesterday, said the NSCN (I-M), which had demanded a sovereign State of Nagaland `would definitely create problems for themselves' by taking part in elections.

``While on one hand, the NSCN (I-M) is having political dialogue with the Centre, on the other hand it is supporting candidates contesting in Assembly elections,'' the Chief Minister said.

Mr. Jamir who was speaking on the occasion of the golden jubilee celebrations of Kihire town in the district said that the next Government would be formed by the Congress which would take up ``more development activities in the State. We shall not rest till our aim of bringing in all round development to the people is fulfilled.''

During the last assembly elections to the 60-member house in February, 1998, boycotted by all political parties at the call of the NSCN(IM) and NGOs, the Congress had won 60 seats and independents seven.

All independents save one subsequently joined the Congress.

PTI

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