The Supreme Court

Shillong: The
National Peoples’ Party (NPP) has challenged the order of the Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly before Supreme Court by way of Special Leave Petition which was registered as Diary No. 12164-2019 on Tuesday.

“National Peoples’ Party challenged the order of the Speaker dated 20.3.2019 directly before Supreme Court as the order of the Speaker is in gross violation of paragraph 4 of Xth Schedule of the Constitution whereby two Legislators elected as members of National Peoples’ Party have been allowed to be merged with ruling party that is Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party,” the party in a press release said.

The release further added that the order of the Speaker is in “gross violation” of principle of natural justice as no notice was issued to the NPP before passing the order on merger of two legislators with NDPP. Furthermore, there was no merger of original political party that is NPP with NDPP, the release added.

Meanwhile, the NPP has approached the Supreme Court directly as it believes that violation of the Xth Schedule of the Constitution by the Speaker and also by two Legislators elected on the symbol of NPP should be heard and decided expeditiously by the Apex Court.

“The order of the Speaker is against the provisions of Xth Schedule and Speaker has acted in partisan and unfair manner and contrary to the provisions of the Constitution. The case filed by NPP in the Supreme Court is likely to be heard at an early date,” it said.

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