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NCP in a fix over merger

Kohima, June 22: The Nagaland unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), currently facing a rift, is in dilemma again as efforts are on to merge the party with the Congress at the Centre.

But the lone NCP legislator, L. Khumo Khiamniungan, said he would abide by the decision of the people of his constituency.

There are reports of a merger to check the onslaught of the BJP.

Khiamniungan said he was not after power but his principal objective was to serve the people.

Recently, three NCP legislators — T.M. Lotha, Imtilemba Sangtam and Mhonlumo Kikon — defected to the BJP but Khiamniungan refused to join the party.

The three legislators could face disqualification from the Assembly. The party high command has requested Speaker Chotisuh Sazo for disqualification and they are awaiting his decision.

Asked whether he would join either the BJP or the Naga People’s Front (NPF), the main constituent of the ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN), Khiamniungan reiterated that he would take a decision only after consultation with the people of his constituency.

He is currently a parliamentary secretary for village guards. But if the Congress and NCP got merged, Khiamniungan was expected to join either the NPF or the BJP to remain in the government.

He said he had no information from the party high command about the merger at the Centre. According to political sources, the parties are deliberating the pros and cons of a merger.

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