Rajya Sabha MP from Nagaland, KG Kenye resigned from the post of secretary-general of Naga People’s Front (NPF) on Friday. He sought resignation after he was imposed disciplinary action by his party.
The MP informed that he tried meeting NPF president Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu to explain his reasons but he received no replies.
Kenye, who has been opposing the Bill prior to the Winter Session of Parliament, said that his support after the insertion of new section ‘6B’ in the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was done.
He states 6B clearly exempts the Inner Line Permit (ILP) states under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act (BEFRA) 1873 and the states under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India, he was “prompted to support the Bill”.
Explaining further, he told media persons that the four points included under Article 371(A), which deals with land, resources, social and religious practices of the Nagas, are enacted by Parliament. According to him, these four points are constitutionally protected unlike the other points of the 16-point agreement, which can easily be withdrawn.
“Such is the power of an executive order and enactment of Parliament,” he added.
In a letter where he addressed the NPF president, Kenye stated that because of the show-cause notice slammed by the party’s disciplinary action committee, on the night of December 19, he had tendered his resignation from the post of secretary-general.
His letter read at last, “ It is rare that a person with such esteemed position in the party comes under the scanner of Disciplinary action Committee. Therefore, I am taking this step so as to save the prestige and image of the party,” he stated in the letter.
Two MPs of NPF – Kenye and Lok Sabha member from Outer Manipur Lorho S Pfoze – had been asked to submit their replies within seven days from the date of the issue of the show-cause notices, on or before December 26.
The duo voted in favor of the Bill.
The notices were served as the party’s central executive council held a meeting on Thursday to deliberate on the actions to be taken against both the MPs for their conduct during the recent Winter Session of Parliament when they granted support to Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.