IMPHAL | May 15
The BJP led state government may be headed towards troubled waters as the Naga Peoples Front (NPF) is mulling of pulling out of the coalition.
The NPF had a meeting today at its headquarters at Kohima; there the top party leaders had a marathon meeting and decided to summon all NPF MLAs including incumbent PHED minister LoshiiDikho of Mao, MLAs Awangbow Newmai of Tamei, KhasimVashum of Chingai and K Leishiyo of Phungyar assembly constituency.
Sources maintain that all the four MLAs including MP outer candidate, Dr Lorho S Pfoze is being summoned on May 18 at Kohima NPF head office. Spokesperson of NPF, Kikon told a news channel that the party has decided to review its stand in Manipur. He said that the party has not been given the treatment that they deserve. “Their attitude towards us cannot be digested and this is not a sudden development,” he had said.
NPF brass and former CM of Nagaland, TR Zeliang is also of similar stance and said that the party is mulling of walking out of the coalition. He voiced probability that the MP outer candidate may win and that can be discussed afterwards.
An NPF source said that the party had been given assurance from the BJPs side that there will be a reshuffle in the cabinet ministry and more ministerial berths would be given to the NPF by mid-term of the present government. He said that the NPF has been given step- motherly treatment and the party’s high command have voiced displeasure on the subject. The meeting scheduled on May 18 will arrive on a conclusion whether the NPF will quit the BJP coalition.
It may be mentioned that the BJP won 21 seats in the last general elections