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ENPO demand culmination of years of neglect
Published on 21 Jan. 2011 12:44 AM IST
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Many leaders including sitting MLAs both from ruling and opposition from Eastern Nagaland have disagreed that their MLAs were responsible for underdevelopment in their areas (Eastern Nagaland). They have not made public their stand with regard to the ENPO demand for separate “Frontier Nagaland”.
According to NEPS, one of the senior ruling MLAs from Mon who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the present state of Nagaland was made by amalgamation of parts from then Tuensang Frontier Division and Naga Hills. He said that right from the beginning, there had been imbalances in economy, literacy, employment, development between the people living in the Eastern Nagaland sector and other areas.
“And this issue has not so far been addressed till date,” said the ruling MLA from Mon. He asserted that the current issue which was the culmination of long drawn negligence could only be addressed by collective approach and with members from opposition parties.
Stating that the demand for a “Frontier Nagaland State” by ENPO was the culmination of their grievances that were unaddressed by the successive state governments, the MLA dismissed the allegations that elected MLAs from the region were responsible for underdevelopment in their areas.
A senior politician from Tuensang, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said the issue was yet to be addressed. “There is a danger of larger proportion if the matter is not immediately addressed,” he said. “We are very carefully observing the reactions of our elected MLAs- from ruling or opposition-to our Frontier Nagaland State demand,” said a student leader from Mon.

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