Friday, August 12, 2022

State National People’s Party functionaries resign ‘en mass’; party clarifies

Staff Reporter

Nagaland unit National People’s Party (NPP) functionaries comprising of 16 state and five district-level office bearers and workers resigned “en masse” on Tuesday. However, on the other hand, NPP unit issued a clarification claiming that the party was to suspend the “dissident members” for their anti-party activities.
Addressing the media NPP state general secretary (political affairs) Ricky Ozukum said that they were compelled to resign with immediate effect as they had lost faith in the party’s State leadership led by president Dr Andrew Ahoto Sema. He claimed that around 80% more party office-bearers and workers would be resigning from across the State.
Ozukum clarified that they had not resigned to join another political party but admitted of having received invitations from regional and national parties in the State that were planning to expand their reach further.
He assured that the decision to join any political party would be decided keeping in mind the political ideology of that party. Signatories in the resignation letter included NPP national secretary Lima Longkumer and 15 other State level office bearers and five district level office bearers, including presidents of Mokokchung, Tuensang, Mon, Longleng, and Kiphire district units.
NPP unit clarifies
In a clarification, State NPP unit said it was totally flabbergasted over the unconstitutional manner in which some “handful and dissident members” of the party announced through a press conference about the mass resignation. NPP claimed that the handful of members, who had resigned, did not even comprise 2% of the total party strength contrary to their claims that 80% of them had quit the party.
Rather, NPP said they (dissidents) were to be suspended from the party for carrying out anti-party activities. Having understood their ulterior motive, NPP said the national leaders took cognizance and advised the State president for complete overhaul and to reorganize the party rank and file by weeding out the negative elements.
With regard to resignation of district presidents of Mon, Tuensang, Kiphire, Longleng and Mokokchung, NPP said besides failing to carry out their duties and activities, they also failed to conduct membership drives and rather chose to hold the post of president to “enjoy undue benefits.”
It was for this reason, NPP said that the state president, under the directive of the national president, reorganized and appointed new convenors and district presidents of these districts. Similarly, NPP said some leaders of the frontal bodies including NPYF and women wing were also relieved of their responsibilities due to “non-performance”.
NPP said that the resignation was a welcome sign for the party to strengthen and grow at all levels under the leadership of the State president, Dr. Andrew Ahoto Sema.


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