DIMAPUR, March 26 - The disciplinary action committee of the Opposition Naga People�s Front (NPF) today issued a show-cause notice to six of its MLAs for pledging support to the ruling People�s Democratic Alliance candidate for the ensuing Lok Sabha election, Tokheho Yepthomi. Election to the lone Parliamentary seat in the State will be held on April 11.
The show-cause notice issued by the NPF�s disciplinary action committee convener Blaise Iheilung and Tsumongo Ovung asked the MLAs to reply within seven days why disciplinary action should not be initiated against them for their open revolt against the party in issuing a press statement on Monday in favour of the PDA candidate. The committee said it has taken serious note of their open revolt.
The six MLAs are Kejong Chang (of Tuensang Sadar II Assembly constituency), EE Pangteang (Moka), Eshak Konyak (Aboi), BS Nganlang (Tamlu), N Thongwang Konyak (Mon Town) and Toyang Chang (Tuensang Sadar I).
However, the name of another NPF MLA, CL John, who represents the Tehok Assembly constituency and who has also declared support to the PDA Lok Sabha candidate along with the six other party MLAs on Monday, did not figure in the show-cause notice.
The NPF�s disciplinary action committee said the MLAs have been found hobnobbing with the political opponent, which has also been corroborated in the local papers on Tuesday. The committee told the MLAs that they were elected to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly on NPF tickets.
�While receiving the party ticket, you have signed a pledge to remain faithful and loyal to the NPF constitution and be subjected to the party discipline,� the committee reminded the MLAs.
In an earlier development, two National People�s Party MLAs, Imnatiba and L Khumo, joined the ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) on March 20. With their joining, the number of NDPP members in the 60-member Nagaland House has gone up to 19. The Opposition NPF has 26 members in the House.