TR Zeliang (File Photo)
Kohima | June 12
Former Nagaland Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition, TR Zeliang today accused the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) of playing ‘poaching games’ while alleging that the party had lured NPF MLAs along with party workers.
“This poaching game was played through high level corruption and not through developmental project (s) in different constituencies,” he said while speaking at the emergency meeting of Central Executive Council (CEC) of Naga People’s Front (NPF) here at NPF central office.
Zeliang said the NDPP led government does not care about the welfare of the state “because they are too busy in poaching elected members and party functionaries.”
People think that the seven MLAs broke away from NPF and they became part of NDPP or BJP, which is totally misleading, Zeliang said while adding that the seven MLAs are still within the purview of NPF constitution. Even inside the house (Assembly), they will sit with NPF members and they are still NPF members, he added.
He said that in case a floor test takes place in the Assembly, the seven MLAs are bound to vote in favour of NPF. “If they vote against the whip, they will be disqualified and it will attract anti-defection law,” Zeliang said.
If the MLAs resign then that is upto them. But inside and outside the House they are still NPF family, he further maintained.
Meanwhile, Zeliang called upon the MPs of north eastern states to stand together to protest against Citizenship Amendment Bill. He proposed that a kind of special provision be inserted in the Amendment “so that we can say that we are protected.”
NPF president Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu meanwhile in his address termed it unfortunate that seven NPF MLAs from ENPO area went against the party in the last election.