With no sufficient ground for presuming that the MLAs voluntarily gave up their membership from party, the plea was dismissed
Kohima: Nagaland Legislative Assembly Speaker Sharingain Longkumer on Tuesday dismissed the petition of the Naga People's Front (NPF) which sought the disqualification of seven rebel MLAs.
Through an order, the speaker said that following its findings and taking into account the decision of the Supreme Court, “there is no sufficient ground for presuming that the Respondents had voluntarily given up the membership of the original political party”.
Therefore, the speaker dismissed the petition filed by MLA Chotisuh Sazo and MLA Imkong L Imchen against seven MLAs of the party namely EE Pangteang, Eshak Konyak, Kejong Chang, BS Nganglang Phom, Toyang Chang, Thongwang Konyak and CL John.
During the Lok Sabha elections in March last year, the seven MLAs had announced their support to the ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) candidate Tokheho Yepthomi going against the Party's decision to support the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) party's Lok Sabha candidate and former CM KL Chishi.
The NPF party later sought the disqualification against the seven rebel MLAs through the petition saying that the MLAs went against the party’s decision which amounts "to voluntarily giving up the membership of the party".
The development on Tuesday comes after the Kohima Bench of the Gauhati High Court's directed the speaker to dispose off the disqualification petitions within six weeks. The judgement was pronounced in the open conference hall of the NLA in the presence of both parties on Tuesday, the order from the Speaker added.