ENPO leaders arrived Delhi Tuesday at the invitation of the centre to discuss issues pertaining to the demand for ‘Frontier Nagaland State’ comprising of areas under ENPO jurisdiction. According to information, the ENPO delegation also included former Lok Sabha MPs- K. Asungba Sangtam and Chingwang Konyak. Both former MPs were senior Congress members but have reportedly resigned from the party since quite some time.
ENPO has been demanding a separate state comprising of Mon, Tuensang, Longleng and Kiphire districts due to gross neglect by successive state governments ruled by various political parties.
The invite to ENPO from central leaders and interlocutor R.N. Ravi has caused considerable speculation as it came close on the heels of the recent August 3 Accord signed between the government of India with the NSCN(I-M).
ENPO has neither welcomed nor rejected the Accord and has restrained on commenting on it on the ground that the contents were still kept under a veil of secrecy.
NPCC president K. Therie had recently hit out at the government of India for dividing Nagas of Nagaland by engineering splits in factions and not taking all stakeholders into confidence before signing the Accord. Interlocutor R.N. Ravi has been holding a series of consultations with various organizations, church and civil society groups after signing of the Accord.
Ravi, during an interview to Nagaland Post informed that he had sent formal invitations to other Naga Political Groups prior to signing the Accord. However NPGs refuted the claim saying they had not received any invitation as such.