MLAs joining BJP not 'merger' but 'defection': NCP
Nagaland unit of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has the termed the joining of BJP by three former party's MLAs as 'defection' and not 'merger'.
In a release today, the NCP state unit vice-president T L Semdok and General Secretary Miathou Krose informed that it was constrained to issue a clarification with regard to the defection of three NCP MLAs along with some party workers to BJP.
The contradictory statements by the defecting legislators have created confusions amongst the public, it stated.
"Whereas they have claimed a 'merger' with BJP, on the other hand they have also stated that NCP will remain as a party with one MLA and other party officials," the NCP Nagaland noted.
The claim of joining BJP 'en-bloc' is 'misleading', according to NCP national secetary Neiba Ndang because, 'most of the state officials, frontals and district units are still intact.
Mr Semdok and Mr Krose, on behalf of the party, also expressed appreciation of L Khumo, parliamentary secretary, for his loyalty to the party and reaffirmed their commitment to support and strengthen the DAN III government under the leadership of Chief Minister, T R Zeliang and DAN Chairman Dr Shurhozelie. Meanwhile, the National Secretary of the NCP, Neiba Ndang has refuted 'claims' that the party has merged with the BJP, along with 90 per cent of its total strength.
In a press release, Mr Ndang termed the decision of three NCP MLAs and 'some officials' to join the BJP as 'unfortunate.' He, further, clarified that 'a host of frontal organisations and district units still remain faithful to the party despite of the betrayal of the three MLAs.'
In an office order from NCP's Honorary Permanent Secretary & Member Working Committee, New Delhi, S R Kohli, has announced that the national president of NCP Sharad Pawar has given charge to T L Semdok as its interim in-charge of Nagaland State unit, with immediate effect.
(Posted on 18-06-2014)