In August 2015, the Centre had announced that a framework agreement had been reached with the NSCN(IM), one of the primary Naga underground groups in the state, 18 years after a ceasefire was negotiated in 1997.
In the BJP’s Nagaland manifesto, released last week by Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Kiren Rijiju and state leaders, the most crucial section — “Naga Political Solution” — begins with a reference to Vajpayee.
Under the section “Senior Citizens”, the BJP manifesto released by Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Kiren Rijiju, promises to “set up a senior citizen board” to select 50 people through a lucky draw for a “free trip to the Holy Land of Jerusalem”
In Sukma, 49 of 146 gram panchayats are registered as “inaccessible”. In Dantewada and Kondagaon districts, 30 of 83 and 15 of 99 districts are inaccessible according to data collected by the government in October 2017.
In October 2016, representatives of the state government admitted that there are over 70,000 educated, unemployed youth listed in the ‘Life Register’ — as the employment register of the state Department of Labour and Employment is called.
Gaurav Gogoi said, "Post the results, we will attempt to see if parties believe that the people of Nagaland have the right to practise and express their faith and religion and their culture in the manner they choose, and not be imposed upon by a homogenous RSS politics."
Even the official notice outlining the election schedule, stuck on the board at the main entrance to the building, tells a story of uncertainty. “If the elections are held, polling day will be February 27th, between 7 am and 4 pm,” it says.
On December 23, shortly after noon, he was among four soldiers killed as Pakistan troops, in a major ceasefire violation, opened fire on Indian positions along the Line of Control in the Keri sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district.