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21 NPF MLA’s jumps ship to NDPP- as ‘issues within party unaddressed’

21 MLAs of the Naga People’s Front have decided to merge with the NDPP led by veteran party leader and former Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang

All was not well in Naga People’s Front. At least that was the impression given by Imkong L Imchen, one of the defecting NPF MLAs.

In an unprecedented move, as many as 21 MLAs of the Naga People’s Front have decided to merge with the NDPP. The NPF MLAs led by veteran party leader and former Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang adopted a common resolution in favor of the move. Not only this, as per an order issued by the Nagaland Assembly Speaker, all the NPF MLAs have also stated their intent to merge with the NDPP in the individual letters submitted by them. Moreover, a letter has also been received from the NDPP president accepting the merger.

“ The issues of the party were never adressed from any angle, therefore we could not go along any longer,” Imchen said to Northeast Live.

On the Naga issue Imchen said that the agenda of the Naga Political issue will be better served under a single party and single leadership.

Imchen said differences in the party and the style of functioning over the years was the reason for the defection.
Imchen also added the decision of the 21 MLAs was carried out in the best interest of the people and the Naga issue.

Among the NPF MLAs who decided to merge with the NDPP are T R ZELIANG, MOATOSHI LONGKUMER, AZHETO ZHIMOMI, KENIEZHAKHO NAKHRO, Y. VIKHEHO SWU, CHOTISUH SAZO, YITACHU, AMENBA YADEN, IMTIWAPANG AIER, IMKONG L. IMCHEN, PICTO SHOHE, CHUMBEN MURRY, Y M YOLLOW, C L JOHN, N. THONGWANG KONYAK, ESHAK KONYAK, E E PANTEANG, B S NGANLANG PHOM, MUTHINGNYUBA SANGTAM, TOYANG CHANG and KEJONG CHANG.


With this merger, the NDPP’s strength in the Nagaland Assembly has gone up to 42 while the NPF is down to 4 MLAs.



First Published: 30th April, 2022 14:17 IST

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