Naga News | KOHIMA, APR 1 (NPN)
NPF president Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu has made it clear that the seven MLAs who had recently announced open support to PDA would have to face punishment once the party’s disciplinary action committee (DAC) gave its recommendation.
The seven NPF MLAs, who had openly declared support to PDA consensus candidate, replied on Monday to the show-cause notices served on them. The replies have reportedly the same content with their signatures.
Speaking to Nagaland Post at his official residence here, Dr. Liezietsu said he was informed about the replies filed by the MLAs to the show-cause notices served on them by justifying their earlier stand. He, however, said there was no such rule in the party.
Upon the recommendation of DAC, he said action would be initiated against the erring legislators, adding that their move was out of the way. He said that the reason cited by the MLAs – NPF not putting up a candidate – for their decision was just an excuse, alleging that they had done it purely for money. Having a constitution, he said the party always tried to follow it strictly as far as possible.
On the merger of NPF candidate Toshipokba for by-election to 26 Aonglenden Assembly constituency, Dr. Liezietsu alleged that money had played a key role. He also expressed regret that Dr. Watizulu had to give up his candidature for Toshipokba.
According to the NPF president, Toshipokba even refused to be a standby candidate during the nomination process when the name of Dr Watizulu was suggested. He added that his party was not aware if it was pre-planned. Mentioning that he was not new to such a situation, he also asserted that he was not worried, adding that keeping such people in the party only created problems.
Regarding NPF not putting up a candidate in the ensuing Lok Sabha election, Dr. Liezietsu said initially the party had thought of putting up an Independent candidate or a Church leader preferably from Eastern area as a consensus candidate. But, as Congress had hurriedly put up its candidate, he said the idea was dropped.
And having felt that secular forces must come together to jointly take up issues, he explained that NPF had extended its support to Congress and reiterated that this was a “one-time affair”.
On NPF MLAs in Manipur continuing to extend support to the ruling coalition led by BJP, Dr. Liezietsu clarified that it was being done to avoid creating any such situation that could derail the ongoing Naga peace process. Otherwise, there was no point of supporting the government in Manipur when the party had severed ties with BJP in Nagaland, he added.
Meanwhile, when contacted, the seven MLAs who had declared open support to PDA government informed Nagaland Post that they had not left the party, but merely announced extending support to the PDA’s consensus candidate.