Imphal: The Naga People’s Front (NPF) has expelled 17 party leaders from the party and its primary memberships for three years for indulging in anti-party activities.
An order was issued in this regard by NPF’s Central HQs in Kohima and said that disciplinary action committee (DAC) of the party has received a report from NPF Manipur unit on September 12 about the anti-party activities of some of the party functionaries under Tamenglong division.
Earlier, the 17 NPF leaders of Tamenglong unit led by its president G Keikhumjanang and working president Adim Panmei had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state recently. NPF is currently an ally in the N Biren Singh-led coalition government in Manipur.
“Their action and activities attract not less than expulsion from the party as is evident from the report received from the state unit,” read the order signed by its central president Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu.
The expulsion of the 17 party functionaries has given a huge setback to NPF as Manipur is gearing up for the ensuing by-polls as well as Autonomous District Council (ADC) elections.
Now owing to the urgency to restructure the party set up in order to carry forward the momentum building up in the run-up elections, the party central leaders have directed minister Awangbo Newmai, who is also the president of Manipur NPF unit, to immediately set up the party in Tamenglong division as a stop-gap arrangement. Minister Awangbo has also asked to forward the names to the central office for retrospective approval, it said.
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