From left: Nagaland minister Metsubo Jamir, NPF Toshipokba Longkumer and chief minister Neiphiu Rio after the withdrawal of candidature by Longkumer

Kohima: The Naga People’s Front (NPF) has expelled Toshipokba Longkumer from the party in response to his withdrawal of candidature for the by-polls for Aonglenden Assembly constituency.

As per reports, through an order dated March 29, Nagaland’s main opposition NPF expelled Toshipokba on disciplinary grounds.

Reminding him of the pledge of loyalty and adherence to party principles, the order said, “While receiving the ticket from the NPF central office, you have signed a pledge to remain faithful and loyal to the NPF constitution and be subjected to the party discipline.”

However, extending his support to chief minister Neiphiu Rio-led People’s Democratic Alliance’s (PDA) candidate for the by-polls came in clear violation of the loyalty pledge. Consequently, on the recommendation of party’s Disciplinary Action Committee, Toshipokba was expelled from the party for a period of six years.

In a press release dated March 28, Longkumer had extended his “fullest support” to Sharingain Longkumer, the PDA consensus candidate from the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), stating that the CM Neiphiu Rio-led government has brought “stability to the state of Nagaland”.

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