NTIMES 13MARCH: Nagaland BJP supports ENPO’s statehood demand
Dimapur, (MExN): The Nagaland unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) issued a statement saying that the party has decided to support what it called the “separate political entity” being demanded by an organization representing the so-asserted “eastern Nagas.” The party has said that the people of “eastern Nagaland” should be “accorded constitutional status that they aspire for.”
The BJP said that the party’s state leadership took a “physical tour” of Mon, Tuensang, Longleng and Kiphire districts and culminated the tour with what it called “review consultative” meeting with Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO) officials at Saramati Hotel in Dimapur on March 3. The statement received here was appended by Yambos Murry, general secretary of the party’s Nagaland unit.
“In the course of a brain storming analysis and threadbare discussion, the BJP State unit leadership has collectively decided to wholeheartedly support the ‘eastern Naga political aspirations’ of their long standing and justified ‘political cause’ of a ‘separate political entity,’ the party stated.
The BJP “acknowledges the ‘unique background’ and ‘separate entity’ of the eastern Naga people; appreciates the contribution of ENPO and tribal constituent Leaders and common man’s participation for a genuine and just cause; encourages the people of eastern Nagaland to always have a glimmer of hope that some day due justice will be honorably awarded; join hands together for further progress of eastern Naga people’s movement’ and ‘affirms that the people of eastern Nagaland should be accorded constitutional status that they aspire for.”
The unit has urged the BJP’s central Leadership in Delhi to take up “this burning issue on a top priority basis in our Parliament at the earliest possible time frame and effect a change as given under Article 3 Formation of new states and alteration of areas, boundaries or names of existing states.”