National Socialist Council of Nagaland Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) and six Naga political groups issued a joint declaration announcing their decision to boycott the 27 February Assembly polls demanding "solution, not election" for Nagas in Kohima on Monday.
On Republic Day, Nagaland Governor PB Acharya said the state stands on the cusp of history with the Assembly election being held next month and the people being eager for a final settlement of the Naga political issue. "... They are suspended immediately from the primary and active party membership; whatever they have signed is without the directives of the central leaders and so must be not considered as authentic and from the party", the BJP said in a release.
Hundreds of concerned Naga citizens from all walks of life flocked to the streets of Connaught Place to extend their support for the Naga solution and not election. Zeliang had said on Sunday that the Naga People's Front would stay away from the elections if other parties did so.
December 2017: The Nagaland Assembly asked the Centre to find a solution to end the crisis before the elections. On December 14 past year, the Assembly had adopted a resolution asking the Centre to take "emergent and extraordinary steps" for an "honourable and acceptable solution" to the Naga political issue first.
It stated that representatives of different parties have "decided not to go ahead with the issuance of party tickets or filing of nominations... in compliance with the wishes of the people".
The Naga Students' Union, Delhi (NSUD) has urged India's Prime Minister to call off the Nagaland state assembly elections and first settle the decades-old Indo-Naga conflict bearing in mind the National Security interest for peace and stability in the North East region, which shares global boundary with Myanmar, Bangladesh and also China. "We believe that peaceful election in Nagaland will facilitate the talks and strengthen our commitment".
"The declaration has been made in presence of apex tribal hohos and civil society organizations", the statement further added.
The parties are - Naga People's Front, Congress, BJP, Nationalist Democratic Peoples' Party, Nagaland Congress, United Nagaland Democratic Party, Aam Admi Party, National Congress Party, Lok Jan Party, Janata Dal (United) and National People's Party.