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Kenye suspended

By EMN Updated: Jan 08, 2020 10:43 pm
KG Kenye

Dimapur, Jan. 8 (EMN): In the face of widespread public criticism of Naga MPs voting in favour of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the Naga People’s Front (NPF) has suspended its Rajya Sabha MP KG Kenye from both primary and active membership of the party.

In the suspension order issued on Wednesday, the NPF president, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu stated that the party leadership including the Disciplinary Action Committee (DAC) was not ‘convinced’ by the explanation Kenye had offered. 

Rather, he said, the party leadership had arrived at ‘a consensus opinion’ that the MP had acted contrary to the party’s January 31, 2019 resolution to oppose the CAB/CAA.

“…your intention and conduct in addressing a press conference after receiving the show cause notice from the DAC is deplorable. While, you may have your own personal reasons in voting in favour of CAB/CAA, however, as far as the party stand is concerned, there is no change till date and the stand of the party remains the same to oppose CAB/CAA. Hence, your conduct and action inside the Upper House of Indian Parliament (Rajya Sabha) on this particular issue do not reflect and represent the stand of the NPF in any manner,” read the order.

The NPF chief also stated that Kenye’s reply to the show cause notice was not only evasive but also an attempt to dictate terms on the party by bringing his own interpretation on CAB/CAA and forcing the party to embrace it as its collective stand.

“Your justification is flimsy and irrelevant as mere reference of BEFR 1873 and ILP in the CAA 2019 neither becomes a law nor empowers the state with sweeping powers as argued by you. Be it as it may, the party had adopted a ‘political resolution’ and for which, no party men or women can escape from it so long as the resolution stands.”

Liezietsu stated that Kenye had also ‘wilfully refused’ to be subjected to party discipline. “This action and utterance from a high profile party functionary like you is unbecoming and a direct assault to the constitution of NPF.

“Now therefore, in pursuance to the recommendation of the DAC and in exercise of the power conferred on me as the president of the NPF by clause 9 of Article-V read with Article XIV of the constitution of the NPF, you are hereby suspended from both primary and active membership of the NPF till further order. However, you will be bound by the whip of the Naga People’s Front on the floor of the Upper House of Indian Parliament (Rajya Sabha) as per the existing law and judicial decisions of the apex court,” the order read.

By EMN Updated: Jan 08, 2020 10:43:07 pm