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Imkong’s claim ‘absurd’: NPCC
Published on 5 Jun. 2011 12:20 AM IST
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NPCC has termed “absurd” the contention of I. Imkong, who was earlier expelled by the party, that he was still a member of the Congress at the Centre, saying the Congress party whether at the centre or the state were “one and same.”
NPCC vice presidents Nillo Rengma and Tingyeih Konyak, in a joint statement, said that the day I. Imkong was expelled from the party, he automatically ceased to be a member of the Congress, whether in the State or at the Centre.
“He should stop misleading the public with concocted/ fabricated allegations,” they said, adding NPCC had acted “very much” within the ambit of the Constitution.
The vice presidents of the PCC pointed out that under Article XIX (5) of the Constitution, he was served a show cause notice in which he was asked to reply on or before April 15, 2011. However, on May 27, 2011, he personally brought his letter of counter charges that was signed by him on March 17, 2011 while the PCC executive committee meeting was on.
The NPCC said I. Imkong should not blame the party high command for his own failure. They further stated that Article XIX (3) of the party Constitution covered only a member of parliament and the AICC.
“He is not a member of either the Parliament or the AICC. MLA is not a Member of Parliament,” said Nillo and Tingyeih, and pointed out that NLA speaker had also issued an order June 1, 2011 treating him as an “unattached member” on the strength of his expulsion order.
They also said that I.Imkong was open to appeal to the Working Committee of the AICC as per the Article XIX (8).
“The Congress as a democratic party gives opportunity to even the disgruntled to be heard by the AICC but the delegation of authority to the PCC under Article XXVII (b) is very clear,” the NPCC said, and added that Congress party was not a “one-man show.”
Stating that decision of PCC executive committee was binding on all its members, the NPCC vice presidents said Article XIX (6), (c) provides PCC the right to call upon him to resign from the legislature because he was elected on INC ticket.
“He should honor this call and gracefully resign from the legislature too instead of creating further problems to the party,” they said.
As for his purported excuse of not being able to campaign for INC candidate in the last 26-Aonglenden AC by-election due to health problem, the NPCC said he was in Arunachal Pradesh.

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