7 rebel NPF MLAs withdraw from undated 2018 resolution

Correspondent KOHIMA, SEP 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/11/2019 10:58:17 AM IST

An undated resolution containing a joint statement signed by all 26 Naga People’s Front (NPF) legislators in 2018 for the purpose of merger or coalition with other political parties in order to form a government, has stoked speculations especially after seven of them have declared withdrawal of their names and signatures appended. 

In a letter addressed to NPF party opposition leader T.R.Zeliang and copies of which were also forwarded to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) speaker Vikho-u Yhoshü, NPF party president Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu and MP (Rajya Sabha) K.G. Kenye, the seven rebel NPF legislators-C. L.John, E.E.Pangteang, Eshak Konyak, Thongwang Konyak, Kejong Chang, B.S.Nganglang and Toyang Changkong Chang- stated that they were made to sign on the undated NPF legislature party resolution in 2018.

They have therefore, declared that they have withdrawn their approval from the 2018 resolution and thus to treat the document as “null and void” while reaffirming to uphold the spirit and principle of regionalism.

It may be recalled that the seven rebel NPF legislators had openly declared support to the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) consensus candidates of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) during the Lok Sabha election and by election.

The letter from the seven MLAs comes in the wake of speculations that the opposition leader was trying to either merge with BJP or convince BJP national leaders in forming an alternative coalition led by BJP as a major partner.

Speaking to Nagaland Post, one of the NPF MLA said there was no official talk of merger or forming coalition government at the present stage so as not to create any “uncongenial environment” especially when Naga political solution was at an advanced stage.

When contacted, NPF president Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu confirmed he also received a copy of the letter signed by the seven MLAs but added there was nothing much to say over the matter. 

Dr.Liezietsu however regretted that though all seven were still party MLAs, they have been suspended and a petition for their disqualification has been moved. 

He also disclosed that the NPF legislature has reminded the Speaker to decide on the petition since it has been long delayed.

Earlier, NPF legislature party leader T.R Zeliang rubbished the talks that NPF will merge with BJP adding there has been no such official discussion between the two parties so far. 

Zeliang informed that neither BJP nor NPF had contacted other over the matter though it could have figured as some personal level. 


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