State chief minister Neiphiu Rio said the government was in talks with the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) and was hopeful to resolve the issue even as ENPO stepped up pressure for its demand for separate Frontier Nagaland state.
Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of a programme here, Rio said he has sought appointment for ENPO leaders to meet with Union Home minister Amit Shah but the date for the meeting was yet to be fixed.
As prime minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Nagaland, Rio said he would also request Modi to meet with ENPO leaders during his visit.
No compromise: ENPO
Meanwhile, reaffirming its August 24, 2012 resolution for a separate ‘Frontier Nagaland’ state, ENPO said it would “reject any form of special economic package both by the Centre and the State other than a fullfledged statehood.”
ENPO media cell, reminded that the Eastern Nagaland area has been the most undeveloped and denied region of the country and “the darkest corner and a black spot on the socioeconomic and political map of the Republic of India.”
ENPO said no matter what the offer or efforts to resolve the issue in response to the ENPO’s demand, it was already too late as it has reached a point of no return.
ENPO reaffirmed that the only answer was to achieve people’s aspirations to grant a full-fledged statehood with special status and provisions to the people of Eastern Nagaland.
NPF backs ENPO’s demand
NPF president Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu on Friday said that the party has “no second thought in extending support to the demand of ENPO.”
He said this while addressing the 60th foundation day of NPF in Kohima. On ENPO’s decision to abstain from taking part in election, Shürhozelie said they (NPF) were for the people and cannot afford to go against the wishes of the people. Recalling the “bitter experience” of 1998, he said Congress betrayed the Nagas. “We are on guard not to face any such situation again,” he added.