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Crisis to hit DAN after bypolls: Pusa
Correspondent Kohima, Feb 20 (NPN):
Published on 21 Feb. 2009 1:36 AM IST
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In the aftermath of the resignation of four of its MLAs from the party and the assembly and who join the NPF, the opposition Congress claimed that many DAN ministers and parliamentary secretaries were now worried about being affected in a likely reshuffle after the by elections in the event the four former MLAs retain their seats. NPCC president K. V. Pusa told media persons here at the Congress Bhavan that the DAN ministry will face serious internal crisis as a consequence of the cash for seat scam. This view was given impetus by former chief minister and Congress legislator K. L. Chishi who claimed that Azheto Zhimomi and Deo Nukhu who resigned from the Assembly and the Congress Party on February 17 had negotiated with chief minister Neiphiu Rio for cabinet ranks with Forest and Industries and Commerce portfolios If they are included, the number of ministers will cross 12 and therefore it was imminent that some heads may roll, he said. Pusa reiterated that the vision and perception of the Congress activists have become clear after the exit of the four “unprincipled” MLAs. Pusa said the Congress only suffered minor political hiccup due to the resignations but it has only strengthened the party. “We have come more closer to one another and we will face the by-elections with a united voice and unwavered sense of responsibility” and asserted the party would come out victorious in the byelections. On the alleged financial transaction between the NPF leaders and the former MLAs, Pusa asserted that his party had already gathered “hard evidences” to substantiate the charges adding, “we shall reveal everything at appropriate time.” The NPCC president also observed that the cash paid to buy the former MLAs by the NPF leaders was a grievous issue and devoid of all democratic values and Christian principles. Considering the gravity of the issue, the Congress Party petitioned the Governor to institute a CBI inquiry or a probe by a High Court or Supreme Court judge because the Naga people ought to know how the monetary transaction between the NPF leaders and the former Congress MLAs was carried out. On the alleged differences within the Congress leaders, Chishi said there was no dearth of leaders in the party. “Among the leaders we have to choose one leader to lead us and we should work with discipline under his leadership,” he added.

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