Nagaland polls: BJP to issue ticket to candidates from Thursday

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By Bikash Singh, ET Bureau|Jan 31, 2018, 09.48 PM IST

GUWAHATI: BJP state unit president Visasolie Lhounghu said that BJP will start issuing
party ticket to candidates from Nagaland assembly polls from Thursday onwards.
Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations (CCNTHCO) stated
that it will impose bandh on February 1 in support of their demand solution before election.
CCNTHCO members on Wednesday met full bench of Election commission in New Delhi.
Convenor of CCNTHCO, Theja Therieh, “The commission stated that they respect our
sentiments however as notification is issued they cannot do anything about it.”
He said that, “Now it is up to government of India to take a call. Presently there is a
stalemate.”
Therieh said that BJP had sought time to consult the Central leadership. “We are waiting
to BJP’s response.”
On Monday 11 political including BJP attended the meeting called by CCNTHCO which is spearheading movement for solution to Naga
political problem ahead of election.

Following pressure from the Central leadership, the state unit backed out of the joint declaration and suspended executive council
member Kheto Sema who signed the declaration on behalf of the party.
On Tuesday BJP leaders had meeting with working committee of the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) — a conglomeration of
six insurgent groups which urged BJP to adhere to joint declaration.
There is message circulated in whatsAPP from Visasolie Lhounghu, “it has assured that it will refrain from issuing ticket even if Central
command directs us to do so. We will have an emergency meeting of party officer bearers and would convey our decision before 12
noon January 31, 2018.”
Talking to ET, Visasolie denied writing any such letter and said, ” We will issue party tickets from Thursday on wards.”
Reacting to BJP’s stand, Therieh said, “If BJP wants to break the queue it has to take the responsibility. All political parties are clear
except BJP.”
To supervise during bandh, the Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) has earmarked the area where the council and its affiliates would be overseeing.
CCNTHCO stated this bandh is therefore placed as litmus test as to whether one upholds what one has promised or one backtracks.
Meanwhile NNPGs Working Committee has said that in order to safeguard the decision and interest of the Naga people, any intending
candidate who goes against the wishes of the people and files nomination shall be held accountable, besides being branded as antiNaga
and a traitor.
Congress president, Rahul while reacting to Nagaland development said the crisis over election in Nagaland is an outcome of Prime
Minister Narendra Modi’s habit of taking “unilateral” decisions rather having proper consultations with stakeholders before taking a
decision.
“When the Naga framework agreement was signed in 2015, the Prime Minister did not take into confidence the chief ministers of
Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh as these three states borders Nagaland.”
Rahul who was in Meghalaya said,”After the agreement was signed Modi called then AICC president Sonia Gandhi and said that the
Naga problem was solved and an agreement was signed. Sonia ji checked up with the Union home ministry, the chief ministers of three
states. None of them had any idea. Today what is happening in Nagaland is because the Prime minister did not take other stakeholders
into confidence,” Rahul said.

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