Shadows of CAA, Kenye still loom large over NPF
Dimapur, March 1 (EMN): Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) continues to wobble from the aftershock of its controversial decision to suspend senior leader and Rajya Sabha MP, KG Kenye while giving a clean chit to its Lok Sabha MP from Manipur, Dr. Lorho S Pfoze after both the leaders had voted in favour of the Citizenship Amendment Bill—later passed as an Act.
In a letter to the chairman of the party’s disciplinary action committee (DAC), the 17th Chizami area unit of NPF has informed of its decision to not allow four of its office-bearers to attend a meeting fixed by the DAC on March 2 in Kohima.
The four office-bearers were summoned by the DAC after they wrote an open letter questioning the party’s decision to sack Kenye.
“The intention of the open letter to the president of NPF was solely to uphold justice within the party as no one is above the party’s constitution. However, the NPF 17th Chizami area unit is surprised to see summon letter being served to the four signatories of the open letter. The DAC is expected to examine the matter and take appropriate action against and suspend the two prime accuse NPF members i.e. Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu and Mr. TR Zeliang; however, the DAC is trying to bury the faults of two leaders just because they are occupying high position in the party.
“By issuing summon letter, it has become crystal clear that DAC is functioning as a puppet to few vested interest NPF leaders who are in total and dictatorial control over the pathetic and hopeless DAC. When DAC can be very thorough and specific with the contents of first paragraph in Sl. No. 5 of the show cause reply by Dr. Lorho S Pfoze, we wonder as to how and why DAC has hidden or overlooked the second paragraph in the same page where the opinion of Mr. TR Zeliang was clearly mentioned and where president of NPF has clearly directed Pfoze to support the new rectified CAB in the event of exemption clause being introduced,” read the letter.
It informed that the unit had resolved to “restrain” the four officer-bearers from attending the meeting on March 2 “or any meeting with the Central NPF party” until the party clarifies ‘whether the documentary proof: president’s support letter to BJP government in Manipur state and to BJP government in New Delhi; Liezietsu directing Lorho to vote for the CAB if it is different from the 2016 version of the Bill and contains protective (exemption) clause; Zeliang’s various media statements that if exemption provision is included in the new Bill, NPF would support; and NPF press statement of October 9, 2019 welcoming Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement of assurance, were true or false.