Asked whether the NPF would take the lead in submitting nominations, Pongener said, "Since the Naga tribal organisations have left the decision to political parties whether or not to participate in the election, we will file the nominations".
The list of candidates, released by AICC, incharge for the Central election committee Oscar Fernandes, includes names of W kholio kapfo from Dimapur I, khaminlung Tunglong from Dimapur III, Nahgavito Sumi from Ghaspani I, Nagakul Tase from Southern Angami, Dr Imavati Jamir from Aonglenden, It zung from Bhandari, Naowang konyat from Izit, Lanpha konyak from Tapi, Shabo konyak from Tehok, Chaokpa konyak from Tobu and Dr Aimong Lang from Nokyak. The BJP on Saturday announced a pre-poll alliance with the newly floated National Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) of former Nagaland chief minister and current Lok Sabha MP Neiphiu Rio, dumping its long-time ally the Naga Peoples' Front (NPF).
The Party fully supports the peace process and political negotiation and committed that the NDPP would not come in the way for any political solution, he added.
"We do not want to give any party a walkover this time". He attributed the delay in filing nominations to late declaration of candidates.
The Core Committee of the Nagaland Tribal Hohos and the Civil Organizations (CCNTHCO) has invited all the 11 political parties, both National and regional, which signed the "January 29 Declaration", for an emergency meeting at Hotel Japfu in Kohima on February 6 "without fail".
In the manifesto, the NPF said the people of Nagaland witnessed 20 years of peace process and another 2 years after signing of the Framework Agreement.
From "Solution before Election" to now "Serious consequences as per the law of the outfit will be imposed on any of the cadres found defying the decision of the Naga people", the upcoming Assembly election in Nagaland is not without its share of high octane drama. Supporters of these potential candidates have threatened to "withdraw their allegiance" if the saffron party contests only 20 seats.
On the delay in filing of nominations, he said, "We will wait for the major political parties, including the BJP and NPF, to file nomination first".