Guwahati: The NSCN (IM) has plunged into the Manipur election arena by carrying its inconclusive peace talks with the Centre as an issue to the poll-bound state where the Nagas have the second highest population outside Nagaland.
Out of Manipur’s over 28 lakh population (2011 Census), about five lakh are a combination of several Naga tribes, who predominantly live in the hills. The majority group, the Meiteis, who comprise more than 53% of the population, inhabit the valley. Out of the 60 seats in the state, 40 are in the hills and the remaining 20 in the valley. NSCN (IM) supremo Th Muivah hails from Somdal village of Ukrul district of Manipur
A statement from NSCN (IM) said, “With the Manipur assembly election campaign heating up”, the group’s Zeilad region of Tamenglong district of Manipur “is on full gear to make the people understand the importance of the ongoing Indo-Naga political talks with reference to the Framework Agreement (FA),” which was signed in the presence of PM Narendra Modi in 2015 in New Delhi.
A discourse was organised for the Henglep assembly constituency of Manipur at the conference hall of All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur under the aegis of the Zeilad region. It was attended by all village authorities, civil society organisations, youth wings and students’ organisations, who extended their full support to the ongoing Indo-Naga political talks based on the Framework Agreement of 3rd August, 2015, the statement said.
While stressing on the “critical importance of staying alert lest people are trapped by the unscrupulous elements/agents for mere politicking and appealed to the attending people never to compromise the Naga people’s rights for monetary gains,” it was reminded at the discourse that the peace talk was moving in the right track and fruition will come soon.
At the end of the meeting, the people of the Rongmei Naga tribe under the Henglep constituency unanimously adopted the declaration to extend full support to the collective leadership of NSCN(IM) and to appeal to both NSCN (IM) and the Centre to expedite the Naga peace process based on the Framework Agreement inclusive of the Naga national flag and the Naga constitution (Yehzabo).
They also resolved that the “solution should be inclusive, honourable and acceptable to the Naga people based on the uniqueness of the Naga history.”


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