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NPF moves to disqualify seven rebel legislators

DIMAPUR, APR 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/24/2019 11:16:15 AM IST

Naga People’s Front (NPF) Wednesday filed disqualification petitions against its seven suspended rebel MLAs-- N. Thongwang Konyak (46 Mon Town A/C), Eshak Konyak (47 Aboi A/C), E.E. Pangteang (48 Moka A/C), B.S. Nganglang (49 Tamlu A/C), Toyang Chang (53 Tuensang Sadar I A/C), Kejong Chang (54 Tuensang Sadar II A/C) and C.L. John (45 Tehok A/C), for “wilfully” defying the party’s collective decision to support the Congress candidate in the Lok Sabha polls 2019.

It may be recalled that the seven MLAs had on March 25 issued a written declaration to support the rival NDPP/PDA candidate for the lone Lok Sabha seat from Nagaland.

NPF press bureau in a statement, maintained that it was “crystal clear” that openly going against the party’s decision amounted to voluntarily giving up membership of the party. By doing so the MLAs attracted provisions under the 10th Schedule of the Anti Defection Law as amended in 2003. NPF said the party empowered the NPF Legislature wing to file and pursue the disqualification petitions against the MLAs and in response, the Legislature wing filed the disqualification petition in the office of the Speaker. NPF expressed hope that the Speaker would dispose of the matter within the time and without fear or favour as per law.

The seven NPF legislators had cited the absence of an NPF candidate for the Lok Sabha elections 2019 and also the decision to support the Congress candidate, which they said was “against the principle of regionalism”.  They said the above had necessitated their decision to extend cooperation and support to the PDA consensus candidate and the PDA government.

Tokheho Yepthomi contested as the consensus candidate of the ruling NDPP-led PDA comprising of BJP, JD(U) and an Independent. The NPF, did not field its candidate but decided to support Congress’ candidate, K.L. Chishi.

The seven MLAs had also expressed appreciation of the performance of the PDA coalition which took office on March 8, 2018 to run the affairs of the state. They said after PDA came to power positive changes had taken place and where system of good governance was witnessed.

Reacting to the open rebellion, NPF Disciplinary Action Committee (DAC) issued show cause notices to the seven legislators. Later, all seven rebel MLAs were suspended from primary and active membership of the party by NPF president Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu as recommended by the DAC. 

In his suspension order, Dr. Liezietsu said that by their replies, the MLAs had “unambiguously” admitted what was set out in the show-cause notice by reiterating their stand in siding with the political opponent of the NPF in the LS polls.

It now remains to be seen whether the seven MLAs can escape disqualification from the house by first resigning from the house before the speaker acts on the petitions. 

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