Congress calls for reconsideration of separate state demand

The Congress called upon the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation to reconsider their demand for a separate frontier state.

Last Updated: Dec 30, 2010, 13:15 PM IST

Kohima: The Congress on Thursday called upon
the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation to reconsider their
demand for a separate frontier state, though it described
its grievances about lack of development in four border
districts, to make up the new state, as `legitimate`.

NPCC president S I Jamir said that at a time when all
Nagas have expressed willingness to reconcile with one another
and unite for a solution to the Naga political conflict, the
demand for a new state is uncalled for.

The ENPO, representing six Naga tribes, last month met
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in support of their demand
for creation of Frontier Nagaland comprising four border
districts of Mon, Tuensang, Kiphire and Longleng, asserting
that successive governments in Kohima had neglected the
region.

The ENPO formally submitted a memorandum to the Prime
minister in this regard recently. It is also organizing public
rallies in all the four district headquarters on January 7 in
support of their demand for a separate frontier state.

The Pradesh Congress said lack of development in the
districts for the last 50 years of statehood cannot be
resolved with any short-term strategy, and observed all
attempts must be made to resolve the issues amicably across
the table.

PTI