NDPP will be derecognized, their MLAs disqualified: Yitachu

NDPP will be derecognized,  their MLAs disqualified: Yitachu

Kohima, October 9: NPF MLA Yitachu today said that the inability of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) to submit counter replies on the de-recognition petition filed with Election Commission of India will soon result in de-recognition of the party and disqualification of its MLAs.
Addressing the 3rd CEC meeting at Central Headquarters here, Yitachu said that a petition was filed with ECI on de-recognition of NDPP which was replied by them. But, the petitioner filed counter affidavit with supporting documents to which NDPP had sought four weeks time, he said.
Yitachu said that they (NDPP) had asked four weeks time to give the reply to the counter affidavit, but that said period is over because there is no way NDPP can reply as the petition filed is based on the documents signed by Neiphiu Rio as the president of NPF during a case of party symbol ownership with ECI in 2017.
There is no way that Rio can reply to the documents signed by himself, he said while maintaining that the petitioner on October 6 last has requested the ECI to fix the date for final hearing as the period sought by NDPP is over.
In this, Yitachu expressed hope that final hearing may take place anytime.
Yitachu also touched on the double declaration of 2018 state general election result for 7-Tening A/C, wherein the Returning Officer had first declared NPF candidate N R Zeliang was winner and handed over the certificate but later changed in favour of NDPP nominee Namri Nchang.
Informing that N R Zeliang has filed a petition against Namri, Yitachu said on two occasions Namri failed to turn up while in the third, he (Namri) attended and asked for three months time. “The 3 months time got over, after which he again sought for another three weeks, even that has also expired because there is no argument on the part of Namri,” Yitachu claimed, adding this case is also coming to an end and if he losses, NDPP will be further reduced to 16 MLAs only as presently they have 17.
Nevertheless, he said that their (NDPP) fear is more with de-recognition issue because once they are de-registered even their status as an Independent MLA will be withdrawn resulting in disqualification of all their MLAs and in the reduced House of 42, NPF with 26 members is ‘absolute majority’.
“We want things in the right perspective and this is the present situation,” he said adding “just because NDPP is insecure they are putting allegations against NPF of contacting BJP, JD(U), NPP or independent”.
“NDPP itself was contacting NPF for an alliance government,” he claimed while asserting that “We are in control of the situation and hope things will turn better for the Party sooner than expected”.
Yitachu called upon the NPF leaders and functionaries to remain resolute and strong by fulfilling the party policies and ideologies, which he said is only for the betterment of the Naga people in general.
Also speaking on the occasion, MLA Vikheho Swu said that being in opposition is time to reflect our own performance and utilize the opportunity in the best possible way to expose the wrongs of the PDA government.
Recalling that the last NPF government had faced several hardship created by unscrupulous people but managed to deliver to the people and also protected the Naga common cause political solution and integration. He however said that under PDA government there is ‘no integration of Naga people and also no protection from the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
Maintaining that NPF is the true custodian and guardian of Naga people, Swu stated that NPF will return to power shortly and perform better for the welfare of the Naga people.
NPF Manipur Unit Working President, Morung Makunga also exhorted the party functionaries.
During the meeting, NPF president Dr Liezietsu administered oath to the newly inducted central office bearers and members of central executive council. (Page News Service)