NPAC Calls for 6-Hour Statewide Bandh In Nagaland

Guwahati: The Nagaland People’s Action Committee (NPAC) has requested a 6-hour bandh across the entire state on Saturday to protest the protracted resolution of its political complaints.

According to Theja Therieh, the bandh has been organised to express “democratic indignation” toward a delegation from the Election Commission of India (ECI) led by Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar which is arriving in the State today to assess poll readiness for the next General Assembly election.

The bandh was decided upon during a lengthy discussion that was conducted on January 12 at the Hotel Saramati in Dimapur.

Theja Therieh, Convenor of the NPAC informed reporters that decisions made by the members representing the tribal Hohos of Nagaland and a Civil Society Organization (CSO) as well as the NPAC were considered at the meeting.

Therieh stated that everyone needed a solution and “not an election,” and that the committee and CSOs had made their “position extremely clear” on this.

Therieh added that the choice to reach a resolution prior to the election was made by “consensus decision” among the parties involved and “urged the Central government to hear the opinion of the people” and carry the “peace process to its logical conclusion and offer a solution.”

Therieh further asked the populace to cooperate by joining the bandh for the benefit of the Naga people. He also urged the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO) to participate in the bandh in order to provide their support.

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