‘Fate of rebel MLAs after outcome of polls’

KOHIMA, APR 9 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/9/2019 12:04:41 PM IST

NPF has announced that the fate of the seven rebel MLAs would be determined by the outcome of the April 11 election.

NPF spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon told media persons that if rebel MLAs defied the collective decision of the party to support Congress candidate, it would be tantamount to “voluntarily giving up of membership”.

 This would directly attract the 10th schedule of the constitution on “anti-defection law”, he added. Kikon said everybody should be aware that once giving up membership, it was like the member was asking himself for disqualification.

However, he said there was still time to prove their loyalty and stick to the collective decision of the NPF to support the Congress candidate.

Achumbemo Kikon said the main objective of NPF not setting up candidate was to ensure the interest of the Naga people and the indigenous of the North East region was safeguarded, protected and nurtured.

Kikon said issues like Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, AFSPA and Naga political issue were some of the key reasons for joining hands with Congress. 

Kikon said the issue confronting the Nagas and the North East was the CAB, which he described was a threat to the North East people in general. He also said BJP was determined to strengthen the existing AFSPA, which the Nagas were demanding to repeal through different forums. 

On Naga political issue, he said during its meeting with NPCC, NPF made its stand clear that the party cannot compromise on the issue. He said Congress also committed to strongly advocate the Naga peace process with all seriousness and ensure that the talk come to a logical end without any further delay if voted to power.

Kikon said NPF did not make the mistake in supporting Congress since the party also needed the support of national party leaders at national level, adding that one such leader expected to become Prime Minister was Rahul Gandhi.

Backing Congress manifesto, Kikon pointed out that Congress in their manifesto has promised to review AFSPA, restore special category state status for North East states and strengthen North East Council. However, he said BJP in its manifesto has assured to revoke Article 370, which provides special provision to Jammu and Kashmir and Article 35 (A) that strengthens J&K status. 

Kikon expressed apprehension that Article 371 (A) could also be removed if BJP was voted to power.

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