2 NPP legislators merge with NDPP

2 NPP legislators merge with NDPP
(2nd from L) Imnatiba and (2nd from R) L. Khumo with chief minister Neiphiu Rio and NDPP chief and PDA chairman Chingwang Konyak.
Correspondent KOHIMA/DIMAPUR, MAR 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/20/2019 11:59:10 AM IST

In a major political development, the National People’s Party (NPP) which won two seats at its maiden foray in Nagaland, exited from the state assembly when both its legislators- Imnatiba Jamir (13-Arkakong constituency) and Khumo Khiamniungan (57-Thonoknyu constituency)- decided to merge with the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), while the party vice president P. Chalukumba also resigned from the post and primary membership of the party.

The two NPP legislators and the party vice president resigned in protest against the party’s decision to set up a candidate for the forthcoming by-election to the 26-Aonglenden constituency scheduled simultaneously with the Lok Sabha poll on April 11, 2019.

Adviser Industries & Commerce and NIDC, Imnatiba Jamir has confirmed to Nagaland Post, that he and his other colleague- adviser of Fisheries, Evolution, Economics and Statistics L. Khumo Khiamniungan- have decided to join the NDPP in order to strengthen the hands of People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) under chief minister Neiphiu Rio and deputy chief minister Y. Patton.

Imnatiba said they took the decision since it was untenable to continue in the party when NPP decided to field a candidate against the PDA consensus candidate for the by-election to the 26 Aonglenden constituency. 

Imnatiba also said it would have been humiliating and unbecoming on their part to campaign for the PDA when their own party set up a candidate against the PDA consensus candidate.

He said both had cautioned the party organisation not to go against the PDA candidate but regretted that the party ignored its own party legislators.

Imnatiba also said that when NPP legislators on March 19 at launch of the PDA campaign in Dimapur, had endorsed the PDA consensus candidate for both the Lok Sabha and by election, the party instead bypassed them by deciding to field NPP candidate for the by-poll. 

He said it was not a time for any so-called “friendly fight” between NDPP and NPP as it would only bring ridicule on the PDA coalition. 

Imnatiba said as upcoming leaders, both he and Khumo did not want to move out of NPP but that the decision was forced upon them when they were made to feel unwanted because their party totally ignored their views.

With the ‘merger’ of the two, the NDPP has received a shot in the arm as its tally has gone up to 19 in the 60-member house whose effective strength was reduced to 59 following the demise of sitting NDPP legislator of 26 Aonglenden constituency.

Days ahead of the launching of the PDA election campaign in Dimapur, there were speculations about a rift between the two NPP legislators and the state unit over fielding a candidate against the PDA. 

NPP vice president resigns: State NPP unit vice president and ex-NPP candidate for Koridang A/C, T. Chalukumba Ao, in a letter to NPP national president Conrad Sangma, expressed dismay that despite being a post-poll partner of the NDPP, NPP has gone against the spirit of camaraderie of the PDA government, by trying to field its candidate for the 26-Aonglenden by-poll.

He reminded that the constituent parties of PDA such as - NDPP, BJP, JD(U) and the lone Independent member- had decided to support Tokheho Yepthomi and Sharingain Longkumer as PDA’s consensus candidates for the Lok Sabha and the by-election to 26 Aonglenden Assembly Constituency respectively. However, he said NPP chose to go against the alliance.

Chalukumba also pointed out that the two NPP legislators, who are part and parcel of the PDA government, had been functioning smoothly in the interest and welfare of the people of the State.

In view of the above events, Chalukumba Ao said he has decided to resign as the vice president of the NPP state unit and also from party membership.


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