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Disqualification: 8 NPF central office bearers plea leadership

DIMAPUR, MAY 1 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/1/2019 11:17:35 AM IST

Holding a conflicting view with the NPF party, at least eight NPF central office bearers have appealed to the NPF/leadership to revoke the suspension order of seven MLAs and also withdraw the disqualification petitions filed with the Assembly Speaker’s office.

In a press release, NPF central secretary Nokshom Konyak, on behalf of seven others, expressed shock that the party decided to file disqualification petitions against seven NPF legislators “who dared to maintain the true spirit of regionalism in the state by openly supporting NDPP candidate in the Lok Sabha election held recently”.

They said that if the party had set up a candidate, the decision of MLAs would have amounted to open rebellion against the party. However, the office bearers said that in the absence of the NPF’s candidate, they were “perplexed” that the party took “such a drastic decision” against MLAs. The signatories maintained that NPF “rhetoric” during election campaigns that the BJP was “communal and anti-minority” was least convincing because NPF considered BJP as its “natural ally”. “Why the sudden U-turn only now? If BJP is neologism now it should have equally the same during the period which it was a partner of the DAN government,” they said.

Further, the signatories asserted that if the BJP acts according to minoritarianism in Nagaland it should also be considered like-wise in Manipur where four NPF MLAs were part of BJP-led government.

They also expressed doubt about how the seven MLAs have “voluntarily given up membership of the party” when they have not joined any other political party or have gone against any whip issued by the party.  The office bearers asserted that going against “a bad and senseless decision” of the party in no way can be construed as defying party whip. “Or is it that there is no longer democracy within the NPF party? Will voices of dissent be considered henceforth as willfully giving up membership of the NPF?” they queried.

The signatories maintained that for those who toiled lifelong for the growth and prosperity of the regional party in Nagaland, their worst fear appears to be staring at them “as dictatorship and rule by a coterie of selected few seem to be running the affairs of the NPF!”

Seven NPF central office bearers include NPF central general secretary S Akang, NPF central secretary Bendang Chang, NPF central youth wing general secretaries Honpha and Kupwang and CEC members Yongwem, Shanyei and Manlem.

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