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NCP demands resignation of Chumben, Pangnyu
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JAN 20 (NPN)
Published on 21 Jan. 2011 12:43 AM IST
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: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has demanded immediate resignation of Dr. Chumben Murry and Pangnyu Phom from the House stating that they have “cheated the people of their constituency and the political party who had made them MLAs.”
NCP national secretary and in-charge of north east Dr. Jimmy George said that the NCP Nagaland unit merging with NPF was “absolutely baseless and nonsense.” He asserted that since none of the office bearers of the party has deserted the party, other than the two MLAs, the question of merger with any other political party did not arise.
He was addressing the media after the NCP Nagaland executive committee meeting held at Circuit house Dimapur on Thursday. The meeting was also attended by NCP secretary general north east Neiba Ndang, other office bearers and executive committee members. The meeting was chaired by working president Nagaland state NCP Er. Levi Rengma.
Dr. Jimmy pointed that Dr. Chumben and Pangnyu Phom got elected as MLAs through NCP, using NCP symbol and name and as such the duo have no right to join NPF or any other party as NCP MLAs by simply resigning from party presidentship without consulting or discussing in any forum of the party in the state.
He said that the party has no issue in letting members join other parties but added that such kind of defection should not be done at the expense of the party symbol or name.
Asked if the party would take action against the defectors, Dr. Jimmy responded that the party would approach the Speaker for legal action to disqualify the two MLAs on the ground that the two have joined the NPF as NCP MLAs. He expressed hope that the Speaker would act to the plea.
However, Dr. Jimmy said if the duo decides to come back to the party, it would deliberate and might even drop the prosecution against them. He affirmed that Dr. Chumben tendered his resignation to the national president only from the presidentship and not from the party membership. He said that the party also did not expel him, as such both the MLAs were still members of the party. The party expressed displeasure at the duo for deserting the party and violating the anti-defection law thereby tarnishing their own image and that of the party.
Expressing displeasure at NPF and its leaders for “violation of ethics,” Dr. Jimmy said that NPF has violated the ethics of “coalition dharma” by promoting and accepting the two NCP leaders. The party said that the rights and privileges of coalition partners were equal irrespective of its size and that NCP had been partners with DAN government since the last two consecutive terms as such the NPF and its leaders had been made answerable to the violation of coalition dharma.
He said the party would continue as coalition partners with DAN since their support to the government was based on development of the state. “The NCP party is not for making MLAs or for other interests but to play a vital role in the development of the state in the social, economy, and political development of the state,” Dr. Jimmy added. In this regard, the party informed that, if the state government would come forward with a proposal to the union government, the party would extend support to appraise about the possibility of bringing one heavy industry to Nagaland through the party leader, cabinet minister for heavy industries Praful Patel.
Asked if the party would be re-organising the two constituencies, Dr. Jimmy said that the question of re-organisation did not arise since other members and office members were “absolutely intact” in the party. However, if the need arises then the party would consider it only after the appointment of new president, he said. He added that president of the state would be appointed by the national president NCP in a week’s time and till then the president charge has been given to working president NCP Nagaland Er. Levi Rengma.

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