7 rebel NPF MLAs to back PDA in polls

7 rebel NPF MLAs to back PDA in polls
NPF MLAs with chief minister Neiphiu Rio, NDPP president Chingwang Konyak and others.
DIMAPUR, MAR 25 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/25/2019 12:07:25 PM IST

Dealing a massive blow to the opposition NPF and a huge boost to the NDPP-led PDA, just on the eve of the Lok Sabha poll and assembly by-poll, seven NPF legislators from ENPO areas have come out in defiance of the party line by openly expressing support the PDA government.

The seven NPF legislators include- Kejong Chang, (54 Tuensang Sadar II A/C), E.E. Pangteang (48 Moka A/C), Eshak Konyak (47 Aboi A/C), C.L. John (45 Tehok A/C), B.S. Nganlang (Tamlu A/C), N. Thongwang Konyak (Mon Town A/C) and Toyang Chang (53 Tuensang Sadar-I A/C).

The seven legislators in a signed joint statement declared their appreciation of the PDA government for all the developmental and progressive initiatives carried out till date under the leadership of chief minister, Neiphiu Rio and deputy chief minister, Y. Patton.

The NPF legislators said that ever since the PDA coalition was sworn in on March 8, 2018 to run the affairs of Nagaland, they witnessed positive changes and restoration of the system of good governance, that was in the greater interest of the people of Nagaland. “We look forward to an era of stability with visionary and decisive leadership which is the need of the hour in Nagaland to facilitate the much-needed all-round development,” they said.

In the light of their stand, the seven legislators stated that they have decided to extend fullest cooperation to the PDA government and also endorsed the PDA government’s stand as a facilitator to the ongoing Indo-Naga peace process for an early, honourable and inclusive political solution.

Furthermore, the seven NPF legislators pointed out that the absence of an NPF candidate in the Lok Sabha elections 2019 and the decision to support the Congress, was against the principle of regionalism.

The seven added that “This development has necessitated our decision to extend cooperation and support to the PDA consensus candidate and the PDA government”.

Correspondent Adds: When Nagaland Post contacted, some of the rebel MLAs said they were compelled to support the ruling government under pressure of their supporters, while most of the party workers under them had resigned from NPF. They also claimed that more MLAs were expected to join them in support the PDA candidate.

It may be mentioned that chef minister Neiphiu Rio, during the campaign in Mokokchung on March 22, had publicly hinted that if NPF decides to support the Congress candidate, which did not have even a single MLA, then some NPF legislators and supporters would soon declare their support to PDA candidates. He said it was due to the opposition party not doing its homework properly.

It may also be recalled on March 20, two National People’s Party (NPP) legislators- Imnatiba Jamir (13-Arkakong constituency) and L. Khumo Khiamniungan (57-Thonoknyu constituency)- merged with the NDPP.

NPP functionaries dropped from PDA

PDA government on Monday terminated three NPP functionaries as members of the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) and also withdrew their minister of state status with immediate effect, a notification issued by the cabinet secretary, Temjen Toy stated. 

The three NPP members were-- NPP president Ato Yepthomi, general secretary Sasank Ghatraj and executive member G. Viccashe Sumi.

In a separate notification, the state government further terminated Ato Yepthomi as chairperson of Nagaland Hotels Limited with immediate effect.

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