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NPF to move HC on speaker’s ruling

NPF to move HC on speaker’s ruling
T.R. Zeliang (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/15/2020 10:08:48 PM IST

Describing as “arbitrary” the dismissal of its disqualification petition against its seven suspended rebel MLAs by the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) Speaker Sharingain Longkumer, NPF Legislature Party (NPFLP) leader T.R. Zeliang said the party has decided to move the high court with the consent of party president Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu.

Briefing media persons at the NLA here Wednesday, Zeliang said the decision was taken at the NPF legislature meeting here Wednesday but none of the suspended rebel MLAs were invited. Speaker Sharingain on Tuesday dismissed the disqualification petition against the seven NPF MLAs on the plea that they had not attracted provisions under the Tenth Schedule.

The NPF legislature however maintained that the seven rebel MLAs by openly defying the party , had voluntarily given up membership of the party, a contention which did not find favour with the Speaker.

NPF had filed the petition over a year back seeking disqualification of the rebel MLAs for openly defying party decision to back the Congress candidate in the recently concluded Lok Sabha election in 2019.

While acknowledging that the proceedings on Tuesday was held in fair manner for the first time in NLA history, Zeliang however said the order was “arbitrary” and that justice had not been delivered.

The fate of the seven suspended rebel NPF MLAs will hang on the outcome of a judgment by the high court. The MLAs against whom NPF had filed the disqualification petition included- Kejong Chang, E E Pangteang, Eshak Konyak, B S Nganlang Phom, Toyang Changkong Chang, N Thongwang Konyak and CL John.

Governor meeting WC a positive sign: Zeliang also welcomed the political talks held between Governor of Nagaland and Interlocutor R.N. Ravi and Working Committee of the seven Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) in Dimapur Tuesday.

He expressed happiness at the progress of the talks at a time when the current pandemic appeared to have put everything on hold. However, Zeliang said NPF was unaware of what was discussed at the meeting.  Zeliang also hoped that the process should also resume with NSCN (IM).

He expressed the hope that the resumption of talks would bring the final result very soon. “The approach was appreciable and a good step forward after a long time,” he said.

State BJP chief’s appeal to UGs: Zeliang also said he fully endorsed the recent appeal made by Temjen Imna Along to undergrounds (UGs) to exempt higher education department from any demand. He also expressed the hope that other ministers would also do the same. He added that the point now was how the UGs would react to his appeal and how Temjen would take the matter forward, otherwise Temjen was “absolutely right”.

Arunachal incident: Zeliang condemned the encounter between security forces and NSCN (I-M) in Arunachal Pradesh where six cadres were killed. He said both sides should maintain the ceasefire ground rules. “We always oppose to such encounters and killings taking place despite the ceasefire agreement. The incident was unfortunate,” he stated, while stressing that such incidents should not recur in future.

On Governor’s letter: On governor’s letter dated June 16,2020 to chief minister Neiphiu Rio, Zeliang observed that as the matter involved head of the executive and constitutional head of the State. He said it was the duty of the government of the day to minutely discuss and reply to every point raised in the Governor’s letter. He said if the government failed to do that then people will suffer due to lack of governance. He added that there was a vast difference “between government and governance”. 

 

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