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Naga Hoho opposes Nagaland polls

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NEW DELHI, Jan 21 - Naga Hoho, an apex Naga tribal body, today objected to the holding of elections in Nagaland next month before the insurgency issue in the State was resolved and indicated that it may ask�political parties to boycott the polls.

A delegation of Naga Hoho, which has been camping in the national capital for the last few days, met several Central leaders, including Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and voiced their opposition to the polls before a peace pact between Centre and Naga rebel group NSCN-IM.

�All tribals, civil society, political leaders have come together and said in one voice that they want a solution to the Naga issue before elections,� Naga Hoho president Chuba Ozukum said here. The 60-member Nagaland Assembly will go to polls on February 27.

Asked about their course of action, Ozukum said: �We will be compelled to ask candidates not to contest the polls.� �At any cost, we do not want polls. The people of Nagaland want solution not elections,� he said.

The Naga Hoho president said the Home Minister told them the Centre would continue its peace initiative in Nagaland, and asked them to cooperate in the election process.

�The Home Minister said the Central Government is committed to finding a political solution,� he said. Ozukum said Naga Hoho would take a final decision on its stand after consultations with political leaders and other civil society groups.

Earlier this month, the Naga Hoho had conveyed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that for the Naga people a Naga peace accord was more important than elections and therefore, it had become imperative to defer polls for peace and tranquillity. � PTI

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Naga Hoho opposes Nagaland polls

NEW DELHI, Jan 21 - Naga Hoho, an apex Naga tribal body, today objected to the holding of elections in Nagaland next month before the insurgency issue in the State was resolved and indicated that it may ask�political parties to boycott the polls.

A delegation of Naga Hoho, which has been camping in the national capital for the last few days, met several Central leaders, including Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and voiced their opposition to the polls before a peace pact between Centre and Naga rebel group NSCN-IM.

�All tribals, civil society, political leaders have come together and said in one voice that they want a solution to the Naga issue before elections,� Naga Hoho president Chuba Ozukum said here. The 60-member Nagaland Assembly will go to polls on February 27.

Asked about their course of action, Ozukum said: �We will be compelled to ask candidates not to contest the polls.� �At any cost, we do not want polls. The people of Nagaland want solution not elections,� he said.

The Naga Hoho president said the Home Minister told them the Centre would continue its peace initiative in Nagaland, and asked them to cooperate in the election process.

�The Home Minister said the Central Government is committed to finding a political solution,� he said. Ozukum said Naga Hoho would take a final decision on its stand after consultations with political leaders and other civil society groups.

Earlier this month, the Naga Hoho had conveyed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that for the Naga people a Naga peace accord was more important than elections and therefore, it had become imperative to defer polls for peace and tranquillity. � PTI

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