Last month Union Home Minister P Chidambaram turned down the demand made by Eastern Nagaland Public Organisation for a separate Frontier Nagaland state to be carved out of the existing Nagaland.
We will not settle for anything less than statehood, said NPF MLA and ENPO member C L John. With the Assembly polls scheduled to take place early next year,the ENPO demand for a separate state will be one of the main election debates,John added.
The ENPO has been demanding a separate state since the last two years citing differences between majority tribes and the smaller ones based in Tuensang,Mon,Longleng and Kiphire districts.
What is interesting is that the demand for the separate state cuts across party lines the ENPO is represented by 20 MLAs. Fourteen of them belong to the ruling NPF,and six to the opposition Congress. The chair of the ENPO is held by Education Minister Nyeiwang Konyak.