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More Cong MLAs may resign
Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 18 (NPN):
Published on 19 Feb. 2009 1:04 AM IST
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Even when the opposition Congress is crying foul over the resignations of four of its MLAs, the ruling NPF party seems to be in an upbeat with more Congress MLAs expected to join the bandwagon. According to reliable NPF party source, few more Congress MLAs were expected to resign and join the NPF fold. “We are expecting some more,” said the source adding that two to three names were still doing the rounds. In a major political shakeup for the opposition congress, four of its MLAs out of the total 23 in the House had resigned and vacated their seats to join the ruling NPF party during the past one week. Those resigned included Kejong Chang, Aloh Wangham, Deo Nukhu and Azheto Zhimomi. A senior leader of the NPF party when contacted revealed that more Congress MLAs were likely to resign and join the party fold. “We welcome anybody and those who resigned and join the NPF are the luckiest one. There is no choice for them, by sitting in the opposition, they can’t help even the people of their own constituency”, the NPF leader said. Though, the NPF party in general seems to be in an upbeat mood, a section of the party seemed worried by the development. For them, the more opposition MLAs resign and join the party fold, the more headache it would be for the NPF as the party had to contest the by-elections in those constituencies that too with the Parliamentary Election round the corner. “I think four is enough”, said a party worker while commenting on the anticipation of more resignations from the opposition Congress. Nothing to be worried: NPCC In the aftermath of the four Congress MLAs resigning from the Assembly, apparently demoralizing the party ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, NPCC has affirmed that there was nothing to be worried about. Admitting that the unprecedented political development had created doubt and anguish in the minds of the Congress men and women, NPCC president K.V. Pusa, MLA said the INC as a mass based and leading political party had the full capacity of confronting political hi-cups such as the on-going crisis. “The Congress Party’s rank and file has nothing to be worried rather we all should remain firm and steadfast to face the situation” he said. He called upon party workers not to be disheartened but to take the “political tremor” as an opportunity to fight the elements that were hell bent on attempting to destroy the democratic and parliamentary system of governance in Nagaland. Though few MLAs have reduced themselves into purchasable commodity and sold themselves with a heavy price tag, these seats (constituencies) have not been purchased by the NPF Party and therefore, the fact remains that people are still with Congress Party, he said. Maintaining that those vacated seats were the legitimate seats of the Congress, Pusa said the Congress would give all its efforts to reclaim all the vacated seats as and when by-election would be conducted. He called for the Congress party to convert the momentary setback to re invigorate and strengthen their spirit to fight back and work ceaselessly for the welfare of the common people.

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