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Nagaland assembly polls on schedule: Rajnath

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The assembly in will be held on schedule, said today amidst a demand by the state's groups for deferring the polls to facilitate a solution to the vexed Naga insurgency issue.

This was conveyed by the to NagalandChief Minister T R Zeliang when the latter him here yesterday.

"HM also told the that announcing the dates for assembly elections is the prerogative of the Commission and the elections have to be held on schedule," the office of the tweeted.

During the meeting, the also gave some suggestions to the home ministerfor a solution to the vexed Naga issue.

"HM told him that the negotiations of various Naga groups with the interlocutor will continue," another tweet said.

Health and on Tuesday said he supported the demand of various Naga groups to defer the upcoming assembly elections in order to facilitate a solution to the seven-decade-old Naga insurgency.

Various groups have placed the demand -- signing of a final peace accord with the group NSCN-IM before the assembly elections.

On Tuesday, the Naga Hoho, an apex Naga tribal body, has sought Narendra Modi's help in postponing the forthcoming Nagaland assembly elections, saying that the vexed insurgency problem should be resolved first.

"It is the unanimous view of the that the or Naga peace accord is more important than elections and therefore, it has become imperative that the elections to the legislative assembly of Nagaland be deferred for peace and tranquility," the tribal body said.

Assembly elections in Nagaland, and are due in February-March and an announcement in this regard is expected early next month.

The expectations for a lasting peace have soared in Nagaland, which had been hit by insurgency for decades, after the Centre and the NSCN-IM signed a framework agreement in 2015.

The (Isak-Muivah) (NSCN-IM) has been engaged with peace talks with the interlocutor of the central government since 1997, when it announced a ceasefire agreement after a bloody insurgency movement which started in Nagaland soon after the country's Independence.

During a visit to Nagaland in November last, had said the state was at the threshold of making history as the final agreement on the Naga political issue would soon be arrived at and a lasting peace achieved.

On September 19, P B Acharya had said the vexed Naga issue would be solved within a few months.

Seeking to allay concerns of three northeastern states, had said on November 8 that the territorial integrity of Arunachal Pradesh, and would not be compromised while inking the final Naga peace accord.

The group NSCN-IM's key demand is to integrate Naga-inhabited areas of Arunachal Pradesh, and Manipur, which has been strongly opposed by the BJP-ruled states.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 17:35 IST