Naga polls spell intriguing omens for Manipur
Nagaland Post | Pamreiso Shimray | Dimapur, Feb 23
The Naga political settlement, a card which the different political parties have been repeatedly toying with the Nagas, has no doubt evoked a great charm and a scoring point over the years. Under this circumstance, the Nagas seem to have lost many grounds to further its progress. That realisation now appears to be gradually dawning upon the frustrated lots of the hill tribes fighting a guerrilla war for nearly a century against the emerging country.
That tell-tale signs came to the fore in Manipur polls last year. Rio, a man whom many Nagas in this state looked up as a ‘political saviour’ failed to capture the fascination of the disgruntled Nagas. The party won only four seats winning two in Senapati and a piece each in Chandel and Ukhrul.
In Tamenglong, the NPF came a cropper. The home ground of NSCN (IM) supremo Thuingaleng Muivah, that witnessed a clean sweep in 2007 polls by Hebron-anointed candidates, did not even respond with 50 percent mandate.
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