Mon divn issue: Crisis within opposition NPF deepens

Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/12/2019 12:38:24 PM IST

 NPF writes to Mon DC seeking action against those involved in locking office

Reacting to reports of its 19 suspended office bearers locking the party’s Mon divisional head office on May 10, NPF central has dashed a letter off to Mon deputy commissioner seeking initiation of action against those involved in the incident.
Speaking to Nagaland Post, NPF spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon said the party belonged to every member and not to any individual, adding that taking such step was unbecoming.
According to Kikon, upon receiving a letter seeking action against Mon division president and general secretary by the 19 suspended members, officials of NPF legislature wing and central office bearers in charge of Mon division visited Mon on May 2.
But instead of attending the joint meeting convened on May 3 by the visiting officials to thrash out the issue and resolve differences, he alleged that the 19 members failed to attend the meeting and instead threatened to lock the party office.
He said such attitude from those whom the party considered “responsible leaders” was not expected.
The NPF spokesperson said the party had accepted the resignation of even those members who had recently announced their resignation through local dallies, besides those who had officially handed over their resignation letters to the party. 
Claiming that even more trustworthy people are in line to join the party, he exuded confidence of reorganising the party in Mon at the earliest possible time.
4 ex-NPF office bearers seek public apology from party GS; threaten defamation suit 
DIMAPUR, MAY 12 (NPN): Four suspended NPF central office bearers have demanded public apology from party’s Mon division general secretary Hongnaw for reportedly telling a news channel that the seven suspended NPF MLAs had pressurised and forced members to quit the party.
In a joint statement, former NPF central general secretary Akang, former secretary Nokshom Konyak, former NPF Youth Wing central vice-president Honpha and former general secretary Kapwang also threatened to file a defamation case against the Hongnaw if he does not tender public apology within seven days.
The four leaders said they were rudely shocked when they saw Hongnaw telling Northeast Live that the seven suspended NPF MLA had pressurised and force members to quit the party, and repeating the same allegation in social media. 
Accusing the Mon division general secretary of alleging that the former party legislators had prepared a list of office bearers without the knowledge of NPF functionaries, they said he had accused the former party MLAs of even putting forged signatures of central as well as divisional and constituency office bearers. They said it was a criminal case. 
The quartet clarified that they had taken their position against the hasty decision of party’s central leadership after suspension of their leaders following disqualification petition filed with the Assembly speaker. 
Terming Hongnaw’s allegation as a bid to destroy their image and position, they asserted that the accusation without any documentary proof or evidence is nothing short of a criminal offence amounting to defamation. 
Strongly condemning the “false and fabricated allegation”, the four leaders declared that the matter will be handled in the most serious manner and appropriate action initiate as deemed fit.  

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