Faced with stiff resistance from National Socialist Council of Nagaland (IM) and Naga civil society groups on holding Assembly election in Nagaland, scheduled for 27 February, political parties in the state have chose to wait for the BJP to file its nominations first.
Polling is scheduled in Nagaland on February 27. "We are not severing ties with the NPF as they are an old ally of our party and we also have a good understanding", he added.
As the "solution before election" drama unfolded in Nagaland, every political party, except for the BJP, declared that their candidates wouldn't file nominations unless the others do so first.
Three political parties-the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), the Nationalist Congress Party and the Janata Dal (United)-today released their first list of candidates for the upcoming Nagaland assembly polls. "The NCP will extend all possible support to the effort of the civil society in Nagaland in the quest for peace and development and to ensure a lasting solution to the long drawn political issue", it stated.
The state BJP sources here said the party's grassroots workers were against the party forging any pre-poll alliance with anyone.
State JD (U) president Senchumo NSN Lotha and its election campaign committee chairman Y M Humtsoe alleged that there was hardly any governance in the last five years under DAN rule as it was marred by constant infighting for leadership between the NPF and the BJP.
Meanwhile, there has been a spate of resignations from the NPF.
Asked whether the NPF would take the lead in submitting nominations, Pongener said, "Since the Naga tribal organisations have left the decision to political parties whether or not to participate in the election, we will file the nominations".
Eleven parties including the ruling Naga People's Front on 29 January had decided not to contest the 27 February polls, agreeing to the demand of tribal bodies and civil society groups to resolve the protracted Naga political problem first. They also accused the BJP of not only creating chaos and confusion in the state but putting in serious jeopardy the ongoing talks between the government of India and the negotiating groups.
"It is for the Naga people to judge as to who threw the spanner in the way of Naga solution", it read.