Whilst handing out credit to Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations (CCNTHCO), the churches, tribal bodies, Naga Mothers, Naga Students' Federation (NSF), and other groups "for their earnest and consistent decision to stand by the Naga people's will", the NSCN (IM) said it would not betray the trust on it "by God and the Naga people".
Three political parties-the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), the Nationalist Congress Party and the Janata Dal (United)-today released their first list of candidates for the upcoming Nagaland assembly polls.
The joint declaration stated: "When Naga people as a whole have made the collective decision to forgo election, we caution vested interest and unscrupulous persons not to sabotage the historical processes of negotiations by filing nominations and indulging in the election process".
The NPP is a partner in BJP-led coalition in Manipur and is an opposition party in Meghalaya.
Rio further appealed to all the party leaders to carry out a responsible and mature campaign and not make "personalized attacks and refrain from un-parliamentary conduct".
Kuzholuzo Nienu of the ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) was the first to submit his papers for the Phek Assembly seat.
The NPF has declared that it will contest 58 seats out of the 60 seats in the state assembly. In Dimapur, only Jacob Zhimomi contesting on BJP ticket from Ghaspani-1 AC, had filed nomination by 3 pm today. We are fully seized with the utmost importance of the ensuing elections and the potentials of what the next five years of governance in the state may hold in store in shaping the destiny of the sons and daughters of our beloved land. "We will file the nominations soon", he said.
The issue was discussed during the meeting with minister of state for home and Nagaland election in-charge, Kiren Rijiju at Dimapur on February 5, he said.
A party source said, "if the BJP becomes the first to file nominations then the blame of defying the call would entirely fall on the BJP and other parties would follow suit with the alibi that if they do not file nominations then it will result in a walkover for the BJP". "Let the BJP and the NPF file nominations".