The Congress in Nagaland petitioned the assembly Speaker on Friday for disqualification of eight of its legislators for attracting provisions of the Ant-Defection Law after they switched sides and voted against a directive issued by the party.
Informing this, Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president K Therie said the party filed eight separate disqualification petitions in respect of the eight legislators after waiting for several months expecting that “good sense” would prevail among them.
The eight legislators had joined hands with the ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) headed by Naga People’s Front (NPF) of which the BJP is an important stake-holder. The Congress legislators were “mentally and physically” not with the Congress for all practical purposes and had become part of the DAN government, he said.
“The petition was delayed for several months expecting good sense will prevail, as it was not possible for the Congress party to create precedence by compromising with the communal ideology of the BJP. However, it was unfortunate that the eight Congress MLAs were mentally and physically not with Congress for all purpose after joining the NPF led BJP-DAN government,” Therie said in a statement.