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‘Defection a political betrayal’, says NCP
Published on 19 Jan. 2011 12:43 AM IST
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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has termed the recent “defection” of NCP legislators – Dr. Chumben Murry and S. Pangyu Phom – to NPF as “a serious political immaturity and betrayal.”
Joint Convenor NCP legal cell Povotoso Lohe reminded that NCP joined DAN as per-poll alliance partner during February 2003 and March 2008 assembly elections with a common minimum programme and that the DAN government has been running a smoothly with complete understanding.
However, he said the NCP was surprised to see the two were lured to defect to the NPF on January 12, 2011 and viewed it as “political stabbing” within the coalition partners.
Lohe said even though the NPF has increased its tally in the assembly, it has lost its political trust with other political parties in the journey of political settlement and economic development of Nagaland.
Further, he said the NCP legal cell was “carefully and seriously” considering to deal with it under the Anti Defection law and also as breach of trust under the provisions of NCP constitution and rules.
The NPC has also appealed to all its party rank and file in Nagaland to remain steadfast and support Sharad Pawar, PA Sangma, Praful Patel, Tariq Anwar and Agatha Sangma as the party will emerge stronger with the process of time.
Ex-NCP legislators clarify
The former NCP legislators Dr. Chumben Murry and S. Pangyu Phom Tuesday issued a joint release in order to “clear the air around our merger with the NPF party.”
The former NCP legislators said the decision to “merge” with NPF was based upon their deliberation at a meeting with supporters on January 12, 2011 and the consequent political resolution passed by at that meeting.
The duo said they deeply appreciated and were satisfied with the NPF’s ideology policies and programmes which aimed at peace, progress and development of the Nagas “ sans the state of Nagaland”.
In view of the above, they maintained that since there was no rationale in continuing to be apart from NPF, the decision to merge came about at the January 12 meeting.
Further, they described that “merger” as a reward for the excellent performance of the DAN government over the past eight years.
The decision to merge was to “ further improve the cohesiveness, unity and effectiveness of the state government,” they said.
They asserted that there was no compelling political situation in the merger except to strengthen the NPF in the “ overall interests of the Nagas and the state of Nagaland”.

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