NPF yet to decide on Kenye’s fate

Correspondent KOHIMA, Jan 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/7/2020 12:28:36 PM IST

After a daylong meeting, NPF Central Executive Council (CEC) and central office bearers (COB) referred the matter of its Rajya Sabha member KG Kenye-- voting in favour of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), to Disciplinary Action Committee (DAC) for further action.

Speaking to a group of media persons at NPF central office here on Tuesday after the meeting, NPF president Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu said the MP, who too was invited, explained his position and presented documents.

Mentioning that Kenye had left the meeting after explaining his position, the NPF president said he had clarified the stand of the party as there were many misgivings because of the confusion created in Parliament. He said DAC would study the opinions expressed by CEC members COB and give its recommendation for further course of action.

On NPF’s Lok Sabha member from Outer Manipur Dr Lorho S Pfoze, Liezietsu said his case would be taken up another time yet as Lorho was frank enough and apologised. He however did not confirm whether Kenye too apologised.

Meanwhile, Dr. Liezietsu said there was no point debating the merits and demerits of CAA as the real motive behind it and its nature was known to all, adding the House referred the matter to DAC.

According to the NPF president, there should be no debate on the Act as it was passed purely on religious lines based on the theory of “one nation one religion”, and therefore Nagas must stand together with rest of the country who support secularism.

He said India was called the largest democracy in the world, but CAA was a policy of divide and would destroy democracy.

Liezietsu said the Act was very dangerous for the whole country, adding Nagaland being a Christian State could not support RSS’s programme.

Alleging that the main purpose of RSS was to suppress other religions so that it could make India a Hindu country, he pointed out that the organisation had openly declared this. He said though it might be difficult to fight such forces, nonetheless NPF would oppose RSS and CAA.

Referring to the ‘missed call’ campaign launched by the State BJP, Liezietsu said such campaign would not work in Nagaland as CAA could not convince the Nagas.

On whether NPF would field a candidate in 14 Southern Angami-1 and 60 Pungro Kiphire Assembly constituencies, if by-polls were announced, he said the matter was yet to be discussed.


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