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Infighting continues in NPF
 DIMAPUR, May 13 - Four former central office bearers of Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) on Monday threatened to file a defamation case against the party’s Mon division general secretary Hongnaw, accusing him of spreading “false and fabricated rumours” about them, if he does not tender a public apology within seven days.

On the other hand, the NPF (central) wrote to Mon deputy commissioner Thavaseelan K seeking action against 19 suspended party office bearers for their alleged involvement in the locking up of Mon division of the party on May 10.

In a joint release, former NPF central office bearers – Akang, Nokshom Konyak, Honpha Konyak, and Kapwang Konyak – alleged that Hongnaw told a news channel that the seven suspended NPF MLAs had pressurised and forced party members to resign, which was also widely circulated in social media.

They also accused Hongnaw of alleging that the seven suspended party legislators had prepared a list of office bearers without the knowledge of NPF functionaries and put forged signatures of central as well as divisional and constituency office bearers, calling it a “criminal case”.

The four said they had taken their position against the hasty decision of party’s central leadership to suspend the seven MLAs and file a petition for their disqualification from the Assembly before the Speaker.

The NPF suspended the seven legislators and filed disqualification petition against them before the Speaker on April 24 for supporting NDPP candidate Tokheho Yepthomi in the April 11 Lok Sabha polls though the Opposition party had decided to back Congress’s KL Chishi.

Terming Hongnaw’s allegation as a bid to destroy their image and position, the four former office bearers said the accusation without any documentary proof or evidence is nothing short of a criminal offence amounting to defamation.

According to reports, NPF spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon said the party had accepted the resignation of those members who had recently announced their resignation through local dallies besides those who had officially handed over their resignation letters to the party.

Kikon reportedly said the officials of NPF legislature wing and central office bearers in charge of Mon division visited Mon on May 2 after receiving a letter seeking action against Mon division president and general secretary by the 19 suspended members.

On May 3, seven Assembly unit presidents of NPF resigned from the party to join the ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) while seven more central office-bearers of the party resigned on May 7.

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