Kenye resigns as NPF secretary general

Kenye resigns as NPF secretary general
KG Kenye (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/20/2019 11:15:50 AM IST

A day after show-cause notice was served to him by NPF Disciplinary Action Committee (DAC) for voting in favour of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament, party’s secretary general and Rajya Sabha member, KG Kenye tendered his resignation from the party’s post on Friday.

Announcing this at a press conference at Japfu Hotel here, Kenye explained that it was a matter of prestige and image within his party, and hence he had tendered his resignation from the post. But, he added that he had not resigned from the party.

However, before he had received the show-cause notice, the MP informed the media persons that he had made several attempts to meet NPF president Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu to explain why he had voted in favour of CAB 2019, but claimed that the latter did not gave him a chance to meet and explain the matter to him.

In a letter addressed to the NPF president, Kenye stated that in the face of being served the show-cause notice served by the party’s Disciplinary Action Committee (DAC), which he had received on the night of December 19th, he had tendered his resignation from the post of secretary general. 

“It is a very rare case that a high profile party office bearer should fall under the DAC scanner as my integrity has become questionable. Therefore, I am taking this step so as to save the prestige and image of the party,” he stated in the letter. He added, “It has been an honour to serve under your leadership for many years. I wish you good luck and God’s blessing.”

It may be mentioned that the two MPs of NPF– Kenye and Lok Sabha member from Outer Manipur Lorho S Pfoze – had been directed to submit their replies within seven days from the date of issue of the show-cause notices, on or before December 26. The notices came after the party’s Central Executive Council held a meeting on Thursday to deliberate on the actions to be taken against both the MPs for their conduct during the recent Winter Session of Parliament when the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed. The duo had voted in favour of the Bill. 

Kenye clarifies on voting

KG Kenye has clarified that he had voted in favour of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 – CAB – as it granted exemption to Nagaland under provision of Inner Line Permit (ILP) under Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR) 1873. 

Addressing media persons, Kenye said he and his party (NPF) had strongly opposed CAB 2016 as the State was not granted exemption under ILP then and there was no reference to 6th Schedule of the Indian constitution or BEFR. However, he pointed out that CAB 2019 incorporated BEFRA provision under “conditions and restrictions”. 

He stressed that BEFR was now no more a Union cabinet’s decision but an Act of Parliament.

He claimed that under section 6B (4) of the Bill, which had since become Citizenship (Amendment) Act, “nothing in this section shall apply to tribal areas of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram or Tripura as included in the Sixth schedule of the constitution and the areas covered under the inner line notified under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873.”

He further explained that under BEFR and section 6A of the principal Act, the State government had sweeping powers. 

Kenye further explained that he had voted in favour of CAB as, being a people’s representative, his priority was the people of Nagaland. He questioned why he should oppose the Bill that would not affect his State and people. 

He asserted that under Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA, Nagaland was now safer as no Central government would be able to remove ILP.       

Reacting to former chief minister SC Jamir’s claim that ILP and Article 371 (A) would not be able to save Nagaland, the MP said he disagreed with the former’s views. He pointed out that CAB 2016 and CAB 2019 were different. 

He lamented that his party men and people of the State failed to know the differences, for which he had to face condemnation from the people and his party had even served him a show-cause notice.  

Kenye informed newsmen that when NPF president Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu had called him up on December 8 on CAB, he had told the latter that if the Bill did not affect Nagaland’s interest, he would support it. He alleged that the party president did not give him chance to explain, besides refusing to call a party meeting to explain why he had voted in favour of the Bill. 

The MP claimed that Liezietsu did not call for explanation and instead directed that a show-cause notice be served.

Kenye explained that CAA was meant for people who faced religious prosecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. And as all these three countries were Islamic, there was no question of religious prosecution being faced by Muslims, reason why they were not included, he pointed out. 

Regarding uniform civil code (UCC), he said he would strongly oppose it as the country believed in unity in diversity, adding this could disintegrate the country.  


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