The Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organization (ENPO) which had earlier resolved to boycott assembly polls following their demand for a separate state of Eastern Nagaland has decided to withdraw the earlier decision.Assam chief minister and convenor of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) Himanta Biswa Sarma said that bringing permanent peace and resolving the Naga political issue will be the priority of the party.

ENPO held an Executive meeting on 4 February 2023 at Dimapur, and whereby it has been resolved that; following the request of the MHA to review the August 26, 2022 resolution of ENPO and its constituent Tribal Bodies and frontal Organizations to abstain in any election process and the subsequent assurance given by the Union Home Minister to ENPO officials on 2 February 2023 the ENPO in due consultation with its constituent tribal Bodies and Frontal Organizations hereby relaxed the 26 August 2022 resolution with Immediate effect.

ENPO stated that the assurance was that a solution as mutually agreed will be reached after following the due process and will be implemented after completion of the election process. ENPO also took note of the MHA’s request letter dated 16 January 2023 addressed to ENPO President to review the 26,” August 2022 resolution of ENPO, its constituent Tribal Bodies and Frontal Organizations regarding non-participation in the elections to ensure free, fair and peaceful polls to the Nagaland State Assembly in the larger interest of democracy in the country.Union Home minister, Amit Shah tweeted, “It is heartening that in an expression of trust in the Modi government, the Eastern Nagaland Peoples Organisation (ENPO) in Nagaland has withdrawn its call to boycott the assembly elections. The decision will help in keeping the ongoing process of peace & development unhindered”.

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Sarma accompanied Ghaspani I BJP candidate Jacob Zhimomi during his nomination filing at Chumukedima DC complex.

Sarma informed that state BJP has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP National President, JP Nadda to campaign for the party. “We will form a government again in Nagaland. We had a smooth seat sharing agreement with Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP). There is not much protest or hiccups from both sides.”BJP is contesting 20 seats and NDPP 40 seats. He said, “For the state of Nagaland the most important thing is bringing permanent peace and finding a solution to the Naga problem and these will continue to be our priority. We also need to do a lot of development work. All these will be there in our manifesto.