Dimapur, Sept 21: Lone Rajya Sabha MP from Nagaland and NPF (Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu faction) secretary general, KG Kenye Thursday said if NPF party which has been the bridge between the Naga people and the Government of India for more than half a century were to be dismantled, it would be a colossal loss to the people of Nagaland and no one will be able to build the damaged bridge under any circumstance.
Reacting sharply against the statement made by Lok Sabha MP Neiphiu Rio who claimed that the party constitution has been changed at the whims and fancies of the present leadership, Kenye said the constitution amendment was done on July 13, 2015 after Central Executive Council (CEC) of the party endorsed the amendments and authorized its president Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu to do the needful and added that the members themselves voted in favour of the amendments.
“The president did not by-pass the CEC and so the allegation is baseless and unfounded,” he said while addressing media persons at the NPF Central office in Kohima.
On the allegation that extra constitutional power was exercised by the president, Kenye clarified that under the 7th amendment Article V it mentioned about the powers and functions of the president and in the new constitution, 8th amendment, nothing was changed from 7thamendment under the “Powers and Function of the President”.
On registering the dispute with ECI, Kenye said during the 2015 issue, the ECI registered the case as “dispute case” within three days but during the present crisis which has been going on for more than two months now, it has not registered the case though the rebel group has asked it to register it as “dispute case” on August 27.
Therefore, Kenye said there was no need to panic as ECI will determine if the party has violated its constitution and will intimate the party if they register any complaints.
The MP was apprehensive that like in 2015, even this time the rebel might be intending to suggest to the ECI to freeze the party symbol but exuded confidence that the commission will not do so.
On the ultimatum served to NPF president, Kenye reiterated that there was no provision in the constitution to impeach the president nor was there any law that empowers the legislators to “impeach” the party chief.
However, he clarified that the president of the party, like all party functionaries, was liable to face disciplinary action to the extent of being expelled if the Disciplinary Action Committee finds him indulging in anti-party activities.
He said the NPF Legislature Wing, like any other subordinate wings of the party, does not even have the power or competence to elect party functionaries even in village level. Therefore, he said, the question of the president stepping down through the demand of the legislators does not arise.
The MP maintained that NPF was not a power monger and affirmed to stand by its principles and manifesto.
On whip issue, Kenye said the idea of having whip was to impose party principles and to ensure that legislators do not go out of the party constitution and said whip was an “appointed post” by the party.
He pointed out that legislators are not authorized persons to elect the whip for the political party they belong to.