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NCP hits out at ex-party MLAs
Published on 14 Jan. 2011 12:48 AM IST
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The working committee of the Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) Nagaland at an emergency meeting, has expressed displeasure and dismay over two former NCP legislators joining the NPF party. NCP working president Er.Levi Rengma in a statement maintained that the two-Chumben Murry, agriculture minister and Pangyuh Phom, parliamentary secretary rural development had done so without consultation or consent of the party.
Er.Levi Rengma, also strongly refuted the statement purportedly made by the NPF president Dr. Shürhozelie that the request for merger by the NCP with the NPF has been accepted and the two along with the entire organizational set up of the state NCP had been admitted into the NPF fold.
It may be recalled that on Wednesday, following the development, NPF president Dr. Shürhozelie had said that two NCP legislators and the party had unanimously resolved to merge with the NPF and in response the NPF had accepted the request for merger of the two parties.
“NCP as a national party having its own constitution and rules, the decision of merging with any other political party solely rests with the NCP national working committee,” said Levi Rengma and went on to add that that the question of NCP Nagaland merging with NPF did not arise.
Meanwhile,Er.Levi also said Thursday’s meeting of the state NCP had resolved to strengthen the party and to continue to strive for the progress and development of the state.
It may be mentioned that with the latest “merger”, the NPF has bolstered its legislative strength to 34 members in the 60-member assembly and the DAN coalition now comprises of the NPF and six Independent MLAs supporting it. The opposition comprises of 19 Congress members while one independent member is neutral.
Meanwhile, the minority cell of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Nagaland unit has condemned what it termed as “defection” by two of its legislators, Dr. Chumben Murry and Pangnyu Phom to the NPF on January 12.
NCP Nagaland minority cell chairman M.Asie Yalie stated that the ‘merger’ of the NCP with the NPF was done “without the consent and approval of the party.”
He said the defection of the two legislators was “most unfortunate” and done purely for their “own personal interest.” However, the minority cell chairman claimed that the party rank and file of the NCP Nagaland was intact despite the “so-called merger with NPF party.”
Yalie asserted that the question of merger with the NCP did not arise as the party had never endorsed their “defection.” The NCP cell also described the two legislators as “politically immature” and incapable of resisting even a mild political stroke. It further welcomed their departure” from the party for their “political graveyard” . It said their departure would only pave way for other genuine and sincere NCP leaders to remain in the party.
The cell also reminded the two that they reached their present status on the foundation of NCP..Further, the NCP minority cell also demanded that the two former party legislators tender an “unqualified apology publicly” for having betrayed the party for their individual “vested interests.”

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