Nagaland’s lone Rajya Sabha MP suspended from NPF: media sources

Dimapur, January 8 (NE): Nagaland Rajya Sabha (RS), Member of Parliament (MP), Shri K.G. Kenye has been suspended from Naga People’s Front (NPF) Party on voting for Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB/CAA) on Wednesday, January Eight. Suspension order signed by Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu, President, NPF came after a thorough examination of his reply to the Show Cause Notice in NPF’s Disciplinary Action Committee (DAC) meeting held on 26 December, 2019 and after a party consultative meeting held on January 7, 2020 at NPF Central Office, Kohima.

In a media report coming from Manipur side, the order read that DAC recommended to discuss MP’s reply in a bigger forum within the party and held a consultative meeting attended by COB’s, NPF Legislature Wing, Frontal and Cell Heads, Divisional Presidents and Special Invitees. It said that K.G. Kenye, MP have been given special time slot to present his point of view. However, the House decided to stick to the CEC resolution dated January 31, 2019 to oppose the CAB/CAA. The house was also not convinced with the explanation rendered by the MP and arrived at a consensus opinion that the MP acted in contrary to the said resolution.

Hence, the matter was referred back to the DAC and the DAC, after proper application of mind, recommended Suspension of his Membership from the Party, added the order. President, NPF further said that his intention and conduct in addressing a Press Conference after receiving the Show Cause Notice from the DAC is deplorable. He might have his 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 which is to oppose CAB/CAA. Therefore, his conduct and action inside the Upper House of Indian Parliament (Rajya Sabha) on this particular issue did not reflect and represent the stand of the NPF in any manner.

His reply to the Show Cause Notice was not only evasive but an attempt to dictate terms on the party by bringing his own interpretation on CAB/CAA and forcing the party to embrace it as the Party’s collective stand. His justification was flimsy and irrelevant as mere reference of BEFR 1873 and ILP in the CAA 2019 neither become a law nor empower the state with Sweeping Powers as argued by MP K.G. Kenye. 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, it added.

The order also mentioned that MP has willfully refused to be subjected to Party Discipline which every party official signed a pledge during the time of election to any capacity of Office Bearers as well as while receiving the ticket of the NPF to contest in any election including MP.

This action and utterance from a high profile party functionary like him is unbecoming and a direct assault to the constitution of the 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, he is hereby suspended from both Primary and Active Membership of the NPF till further order. However, he 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 Hon’ble Apex Court, the order read.

As per another media report, the NPF will decide its own candidate if required to replace as MP through applicable laws under the system of the Parliament for raising the right voices in Rajya Sabha.