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No conditions by ex-MLAs: Shurhozelie
Correspondent Kohima, Feb 20(NPN):
Published on 21 Feb. 2009 1:39 AM IST
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NPF president Dr Shürhozelie has clarified that no pre-conditions were set by the resigned MLAs for joining the NPF. Rejecting Congress allegation that the NPF bought the four former opposition MLAs, NPF president Dr Shürhozelie said the former Congress MLAs resigned on their own and that he came to know about their resignation only from the Speaker. Addressing media persons at his office chamber at the central party office on Friday, Dr Shürhozelie termed the Congress allegation as “totally false” and it was not the culture of the regional party which is not confined only to Nagaland. To another query on giving party ticket to the four former Congress MLAs to contest the by-elections, the NPF chief said the four had joined the party without any precondition, but added since they have taken a great risk, the party has to oblige if they ask for party tickets. He further stated that more MLAs resign and join the party, more the burden for the party. The NPF president wondered how a could a small party like NPF in a small state could provide such a whooping amount of Rs 10 crore as alleged. The DAN coalition with the effective strength of 30 members along with six other independent members is comparatively comfortable, he asserted. On the four former Congress MLAs coming to the NPF Party fold, Dr Shürhozelie clarified that there was no pre-condition for their joining the party. “As a practice, we’ve to accept whoever comes to us,” he said. He also admitted that the more MLAs resigning and joining the party, heavier the burden for the party. The NPF chief also challenged the opposition Congress to furnish the proof of their claim that the former Congress MLAs were paid a huge amount by the NPF to resign as MLAs. “The thieves always suspect every body as thief,” he added. On the party candidate for the forthcoming Lok Sabha election, the NPF president informed that the party had received application from two persons - Pukchen Phom and Toshi. He also asserted his party did not want to send “another Wangnyuh Konyak” to the Parliament and that it was looking for a suitable candidate with good moral values and who has the abilities to win. “Wangyuh had betrayed the party and people of the state and we need a man of integrity to represent the state in the Parliament,” he added.

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