ENLU clarifies on Frontier Nagaland Territory issue

Says Chief Minister cannot be blamed or made responsible for delay

Kohima, June 14 (MExN): The Eastern Nagaland Legislators Union (ENLU) clarified today that the Chief Minister of Nagaland cannot be 'blamed or made responsible' for the delay in the progress of the Frontier Nagaland Territory (FNT).

When the MoS draft was received from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), it was handed over to ENLU members by the Chief Minister of Nagaland for observation, consultation, and comments. Subsequently, the union took the initiative to discuss the draft with the ENPO and Frontal Organisations from Eastern Nagaland. 

However, the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) refused to study or provide comments, citing doubts over the draft's authenticity, which led to a delay in the progress of the dialogue, the ENLU stated in its clarification.

The ENLU highlighted the initiative taken by the 20 elected members of Eastern Nagaland regarding the FNT, stating that it was compelled to clarify its stand after what it termed as the 'politicising' of the matter and its exploitation for political mileage.

The union further asserted that the ongoing dialogue between the ENPO and MHA concerning the FNT is a matter that transcends political lines, as it pertains to the aspirations of the tribes and people of Eastern Nagaland. "The FNT must not be used as a tool for political gain by any individual or political party," it stated.

The ENLU also expressed gratitude for the immense support from the people of Nagaland and the State government towards achieving their goals. However, it regretted that a particular political party had made "some immature statements," politicising the issue to the extent of pointing fingers at the Chief Minister.

To this end, the ENLU urged for the FNT issue to be left to the "matured wisdom of the negotiating party" until a final agreement is reached. It requested all sections not to politicise the matter by making immature statements but rather contribute positively towards its resolution.

"The matter is a concern for all sections of the Nagas, and we should all collectively work towards a unified approach," it added. "No individual or organisation should make statements that create misunderstanding or division in Naga society," the ENLU emphasised.

"The Chief Minister cannot be blamed or made responsible, but rather under his leadership and guidance, we are all making concerted efforts to resolve the issue in a manner that is in the best interest of the people," it concluded.

The ENLU's clarification came days after the Rising People’s Party (RPP) accused the ruling NDPP-BJP coalition of ‘undermining’ the ENPO’s by filing their nominations in various urban local bodies (ULBs) of Eastern Nagaland.