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ENPO allows repoll

Kohima, May 10: The Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) today cast its votes at an alternative poll station near Ladigarh in Longleng district.

The Election Commission could not hold elections at Ladigarh on April 9 as Assam police did not allow Nagaland poll officials to enter the disputed area. But with pressure from certain quarters, the ENPO today allowed the poll panel to conduct the poll from nearby Ladigarh. “If we allow the Election Commission to conduct election at an alternative place, Assam will claim our land next time,” president of ENPO Chingmak Chang said.

Though, the ENPO had allowed the Election Commission to conduct elections at an alternative place for the voters of Ladigarh, it will “not compromise even an inch of Nagas’ land to Assam,” he said.

The commissioner, Nagaland and returning officer, Temjen Toy, said re-polling at the two polling stations under 33 Suruhoto Assembly constituency , namely Akhakhu, and Naltoqa, concluded peacefully with no untoward incidents.

The two polling stations recorded a voter turnout of 31.25 per cent and 41.37 per cent respectively.

Conflict over next CM: Nagaland minister for planning and co-ordination, T.R. Zeliang and minister for public health engineering department, Noke Wangnao, are locked in a contest to succeed outgoing chief minister Neiphiu Rio.

With May 16, the day of reckoning for the Lok Sabha elections drawing near, there is hectic politicking in the party, notwithstanding the denial by the NPF leadership.

Rio has requested his party colleagues to remain calm. If Rio gets elected and the NDA comes to power at the Centre, hectic politicking is expected in the NPF-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government.

Some cabinet ministers in the two rival camps are playing key roles in supporting the two chief ministerial aspirants . Sources said some MLAs have demanded the axing of some cabinet ministers and parliamentary secretaries in the rival camp if they come to power.

According to a source, one camp has already listed names of some ministers to be axed.

Whoever becomes the next chief minister has a tough job on hand as he has to effect a reshuffle in the ministry if Rio goes to Delhi.

A meeting of NPF and DAN legislators was expected to take place on Monday. The core committee of the NPF will also have a meeting with the rival camps.

Party president Shurhozelie Leizietsu has warned that the party would be compelled to intervene if the elected members of the party failed to resolve the issue.