KOHIMA: The demand for a separate state “Frontier Nagaland” in eastern Nagaland has started to gain momentum. Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organisation (ENPO) has intensified its long standing demand for a separate state. Extending its support and solidarity to the demand, 20 Nagaland MLAs have vowed to not contest elections until the demand is met.
Eastern Nagaland region comprises six districts of Mon, Tuensang, Kiphire, Longleng, Noklak and Shamator. These six districts in Nagaland are inhabited by seven tribes – Chang, Khiamniungan, Konyak, Phom, Sangtam, Tikhir and Yimkhiung.
The ENPO, in a recently held meeting with politicians, tribal bodies and other organisations from eastern Nagaland, resolved not to take part in any election until their demand for a separate state of “Frontier Nagaland” was met. “The 20 MLAs from the region cannot go against the will of the people. The statehood agitation is a people’s movement and we are all with them,” CL John, secretary of Eastern Nagaland Legislators’ Union and NPF MLA told news agency PTI.
The ENPO has submitted representations and memoranda to the Centre on several occasions since the commencement of the movement in 2010, the NPF legislator said.
Elections to the 60-member Nagaland Legislative Assembly is likely to be held during February-March next year.