Stop Back­ing Zeliang: NPF Fac­tion to 35 MLAs

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The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Guwa­hati: The Naga Peo­ple’s Front (NPF) fac­tion un­der for­mer c h i e f mini s t e r S h u r h o z e l i e Liezi­etsu has reached out to the 35 rebel MLAs who voted for chief min­is­ter TR Zeliang dur­ing the floor test, telling them to re­turn to the party fold by Au­gust 5.

In a call­ing no­tice to the MLAs, the Liezi­etsu-led NPF fac­tion said: “As per para­graph 2(1) (b) of the tenth sched­ule of the In­dian con­sti­tu­tion, NPF as a po­lit­i­cal party has the power to con­done the ac­tion of the NPF MLAs who de­fied the party whip on the floor of the house on July 21, 2017. It is crys­tal clear un­der the sched­ule that the party has the power to con­done (for­give) within 15 days.”

“This is the last and fi­nal call to all the NPF leg­is­la­tors who de­fied the party whip is­sued by Kiyanilie Pe­seyie, the chief whip of NPF on July 21, 2017 (floor test) to with­draw sup­port from Zeliang min­istry and come back to party fold on or be­fore Au­gust 5, mid­night,” the no­tice said.

It also warned that non-com­pli­ance of this call­ing no­tice would com­pel the party to file dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion pe­ti­tion against the MLAs.

In the mean­time, Na­ga­land chief min­is­ter TR Zeliang, along with the 35 MLAs, have served a 15-day ul­ti­ma­tum on Liezi­etsu to step down as NPF pres­i­dent, say­ing his con­tin­u­ance as party chief would “in­vite fur­ther de­struc­tion and dis­mem­ber­ment” of the or­gan­i­sa­tion at var­i­ous hi­er­ar­chies. The MLAs have also “unan­i­mously se­lected” for­mer chief min­is­ter and cur­rent Lok Sabha mem­ber Neiphiu Rio as the in­terim pres­i­dent of NPF.

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