Dimapur, July 13: After more than a year of wait, the fate of the seven rebel NPF MLAs will be decided on Tuesday when the Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly, Sharingain Longkumer will pronounce his judgment on the petition for their disqualification.
In a notice, NLA Commissioner & Secretary, Dr PJ Antony said the Speaker will pronounce judgment on the petition for disqualification of the 7 NPF MLAs in the NLA conference hall on July 14 at 1 pm.
The 7 NPF MLAs facing disqualification are EE Pangteang, Eshak Konyak, Kejong Chang, BS Nganlang Phom, Toyang Chang, N Thongwang Konyak and CL John.
The Kohima Bench of the Gauhati High Court had earlier directed the Nagaland Assembly Speaker Sharingain Longkumer to conclude the disqualification proceedings against the seven NPF lawmakers and pass appropriate orders within six weeks from June 2.
Justice Nani Tagia’s order on June 2 directed the petitioners from the NPF and the respondent MLAs to appear before the Speaker in person or through their authorized representatives on June 8 to receive further instructions toward concluding the proceeding within the specified period.
On April 24, 2019, the NPF filed disqualification petitions against its seven suspended MLAs for “willfully” defying its collective decision to support the Congress candidate in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
The petitioners were NPF MLAs Chotisuh Sazo and Imkong L Imchen.
On March 25, 2019, the 7 NPF MLAs had rebelled and issued a written declaration to support Tokheho Yepthomi, rival candidate of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), who eventually won. The NDPP rules Nagaland in alliance with the BJP.
The seven rebel NPF MLAs justified their decision by pointing out that the NPF decided to support Congress candidate KL Chishi instead of fielding its own candidate. They also issued a written appreciation of the performance of the alliance Government headed by chief minister Neiphiu Rio.
Commissioner & Secretary, Dr PJ Antony informed that in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and to follow strict SOP measures, attendance on July 14 when the judgment on the disqualification petition will be pronounced will be restricted to the minimum.
(Page News Service)