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NSCN-IM may field candidates in Manipur polls; Centre watching

Thursday, January 5, 2012

/ Published by Simon L Infimate
New Delhi (PTI):  The Centre is closely monitoring the activities of NSCN-IM which is likely to field some proxy candidates in the coming Manipur Assembly elections as two top leaders of the group today held a prolonged meeting with Naga civil society and political leaders in Dimapur. NSCN-IM 'general secretary' Thuingaleng Muivah and senior leader V S Atem engaged in hectic confabulations with at least six MLAs of Nagaland's ruling NPF, leaders of the apex civil society organisation Naga Hoho and others at Niathu Resort on the outskirts of Dimapur, raising eyebrows in the Home Ministry. "The meeting was convened to chalk out the strategy for the Manipur election. The NSCN-IM is likely to field some proxy candidates in the polls," a source said. The elections to the 60-member Manipur Assembly will be held on January 28 for which the last date of filing nominations is January 11. Muivah attended the meeting defying a Central directive. The Centre has long ago made it clear to NSCN-IM that whenever Muivah and 'chairman' Isaac Chishi Swu travel within Nagaland, they have to intimate the Nagaland government which in turn would seek permission from the Home Ministry. When the Ministry grants permission, the leaders can travel with Z-plus security provided by the state government. "To attend today's meeting, Muivah moved out of the NSCN-IM camp Hebron without intimating anyone," the source said. Home Minister P Chidambaram today reviewed the security situation in Nagaland at a high-level meeting at the North Block here.

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