Kohima: Naga People’s Front (NPF) president Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu on Monday expelled party leaders of the 17th Chizami area unit for openly revolting against the decision of the party in regard to the suspension of Rajya Sabha MP KG Kenye, who hails from Chizami village of Phek district. Liezietsu further ordered that the unit shall stand dissolved with immediate effect till further notice.
In the expulsion order, Liezietsu said that “in exercise of the powers conferred vide by Clause 9 of Article V read with Article XIV of the Constitution of the Naga People’s Front”, the leaders are “expelled” from the party with immediate effect till further orders.
Liezietsu said that in response to an open letter issued by the 17th Chizami Area Unit NPF office bearers on February 17 to the NPF president, after which the party’s Disciplinary Action Committee (DAC) issued a summon letter on February 29 to the signatories to appear in person on March 2 at the Central Office for clarification, after examining the letter.
The party’s unit leaders had earlier said that if misguidance and violation of the party’s CEC resolutions are the basis for suspending Rajya Sabha MP KG Kenye, both NPF Members [including Lok Sabha MP Dr Lorho Pfoze] must be suspended to uphold justice within the NPF Party as no member is above the Party’s Constitution. In the letter, it pointed the “injustice” and questioned as to why the both are not treated with the “same yardstick”.
With the intention to settle the issue amicably, Liezietsu said that the DAC opted not to publicize the summon letter, which was issued to these leaders in response to the open letter. “However, it is found that the summon letter of the DAC was uploaded in the Social Media by the signatories of the open letter”, he said.
“Instead of responding to the summon letter served by the DAC, you have openly defied not to appear in person before the DAC”, Liezietsu said. He added that the DAC had received information that these leaders will not be appearing before the party in person, on the day the summon letter was issued.
“Whereas, your first step in writing an open letter itself is a breach of party discipline. And your second step in uploading the summon letter in social media is also a breach of party discipline. And the third step in defying to appear in person before the DAC on the appointed time, place and date is also a breach of party discipline. And your fourth step in publishing as well as uploading in social media about your defiance to appear before the DAC is also another breach of party discipline”, Liezietsu said.
The DAC, therefore, concluded that this act warrants a “disciplinary action not less than expulsion from the party” and that on “perusal of the records available relating to this matter and after proper application of mind”, the DAC recommended the expulsion of membership from the party.
Liezietsu said that after examining the records and action of the open revolt against the party, the DAC had recommended the dissolution of the 17th Chizami Area Unit.
“Now therefore, in pursuance of the recommendation of the DAC of the Naga People’s Front, I, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu, President of the Naga People’s Front and in exercise of the powers conferred vide by Clause 9 of Article V read with Article XIV of the Constitution of the Naga People’s Front, you are hereby EXPELLED from the Party with immediate effect and till further orders. Further, it is ordered that the 17th Chizami Area Unit shall stand dissolved with immediate effect and till further order”, Liezietsu added.
The order mentioned the names of 15 party leaders: president Hürüda Rahuyi; vice-residents Povehu Chuzho, Welhipe Chiero, Kewekhalo Rhakho; general secretaries Sapunyi Zholia, Kholie Lasuh; secretaries Ciekrohu, Veli Medeo, Keweko Kenye, Zalezo Vero, Paovi Lea; press secretary Elah; president youth wing Wekekhe Tsido; president farmers’ wing Vepocuyi Lohe; and president women’s wing Dezelie Thopi.