Naga peace accord: Final agreement before March 13 ?

Delhi Bureau/Special Correspondent Nagaland

New Delhi/Kohima, January 13: Amidst desperate request from various civil society groups from Nagaland to defer the assembly polls in the state to buy time for a final agreement between Government India and NSCN-IM, it is unlikely that polls will be deferred.

Polls will be on time and this was conveyed to the Nagaland CM TR Zeliang. A tweet from Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s office says so. The tweet goes as follows “HM told the Nagaland CM that announcing dates for assembly election is the prerogative of the election commission and the election has to be held on schedule.”

“HM told him (Nagaland CM) that the negotiation of various Naga groups with the interlocutor will continue,” says another tweet.

On January 10, Nagaland CM met Rajnath Singh in New Delhi and urged him to defer the assembly polls.

Meanwhile, CM briefed him about the ever increasing demand for “Solution before Election” coming from various civil society groups in Nagaland. The sixty-member Nagaland assembly will expire on March 13. If the government of India and NSCN-IM reach out to a final agreement then it has to be essentially before March 13 as the poll will be on schedule.

(PD)