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Nagaland heading towards constitutional crisis
Nagaland is heading towards a constitutional crisis with 11 political parties including the BJP and the Congress signing a joint election boycotting declaration pushed by all the Naga civil and tribal organisations.

On January 29, all the Naga social organisations, demanding enactment of the peace accord signed between the Centre and some Naga groups before the state's upcoming Assembly election, called a meeting in Kohima inviting all the outfits including the political parties.

It has been learnt that the meeting resolved to declare a joint statement boycotting the election till their demands are met. The influential social organisation of the Northeastern state Naga Ho Ho, sending a stern warning, clarified that if any party or individual wants to contest or file nominations for the upcoming election than the latter would be declared as 'anti-Naga'.

The representatives of the state committees of the BJP and the Congress, too, signed in the joint declaration with the others. But the national leadership of the BJP has reportedly taken a strong note of the development and declared that the party had not authorised anybody to sign in the declaration. Following the leadership's stand the state unit of the party immediately expelled two of its leaders who had attended the January 29 meeting and signed in the joint declaration.

However, the Congress as well as the leadership other parties is yet to take any note of the situation prevailing in the state. Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who is on a two-day visit to the Northeast, is learnt to have remained mum on the issue. The election for the Nagaland Assembly is to be held on February 27 along with Meghalaya, as declared by the Election Commission of India. The situation of the hilly state is tense as the stalemate continues.

The Election Commission of India, on the other hand, clarified that it will hold the Assembly elections on the scheduled date. The MoS (Home) Kiren Rijiju, while clarifying the stand of the Centre on the issue, said on January 30 that the elections will not be postponed under any circumstances. The Centre as well as the BJP national leadership's stand, reportedly, has created perplexing situation for its state unit.

The Centre and NSCN (I-M) had signed a Peace Accord in August, 2015. The accord is, reportedly, a step towards the formation of Greater Nagalim, a long standing demand of some Naga groups. But the accord has been opposed by many in Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh as their apprehension is that it would curtail the interests of their respective home states as soon as it comes into effect.

However, the Assam and Manipur governments have clarified that the accord is not against the interest of the states neighbouring Nagaland despite the fact that the details of the accord are yet to revealed by the Centre.

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