Kohima: The opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) on Tuesday issued a show cause notice to six MLAs on disciplinary grounds, a day after seven of them announced their support to the ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) on Monday. Later on Tuesday, a meeting between NPF leaders and Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) was held to discuss prospects of supporting Congress Lok Sabha candidate and former CM KL Chishi.
Although being termed as “fruitful”, there is no official document stating that NPF will support the Congress candidate. The meeting was attended by several stalwarts from both the NPF and the NPCC, including Chishi.
Meanwhile, the notice issued on March 26 by the Disciplinary Action Committee (DAC) of the NPF named six of the seven MLAs including Kejong Chang, EE Pangteang, Eshak Konyak, BS Nganlang, N Thongwang Konyak and Toyang Chang. The names of these MLAs were duly attested with their signature in the joint statement that they issued stating their support to PDA, while the signature of CL John, the seventh MLA was missing.
It said that the act of these MLAs was a “total breach of party discipline and it is inimical to the party principle”.
The notice accused the MLA of “hobnobbing with the political opponent of the Naga People’s Front (NPF)”, and reminded them that “while receiving the party ticket, you have signed a pledge to remain faithful and loyal to the NPF Constitution”.
The DAC further demanded a reply within seven days, on or before April 2 “as to why disciplinary action should not be initiated” against them.
The seven legislators had on Monday issued a joint statement in support of PDA government stating that they have seen “positive changes and restoration of the system of good governance which is in the greater interest of the people of Nagaland”.
Saying that Nagaland is in need of a “decisive leadership”, they extended their “fullest cooperation to the PDA government”. The MLAs also endorse the PDA government as “a facilitator to the ongoing Indo-Naga Political peace process”.
The statement further said that “in the absence of an NPF candidate in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 and the decision to support the Congress is against the principle of regionalism” which necessitated the “decision to extend cooperation and support to the PDA candidate and the PDA government”.