FPM to rein in truant MLAs
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 04: Taking strong exception against the reported participation of its two MLAs in the Naga integration convention at Kohima on August 31, the FPM has decided to serve show cause notices to the truant MLAs , Henry Paotei and Samuel Jendai.

The show cause notice will ask the MLAs why they should not be suspended or expelled from the party for going against its principles.

The decision to serve the show cause notices was taken during a meeting of the party's MLAs and functionaries at the Singjamei residence of MLA I Hemochandra today.

The two MLAs were significantly absent at the meeting.

Presided by its president Dr L Chandramani, the meeting decided to serve the show cause notice as the participation of the two MLAs in the Naga integration convention violated Article 2 (4) of the party's Constitution.

The show cause notice will be served tomorrow and a ten days time period will be given to the two MLAs to reply.

Due course of action will be recommended by the party's disciplinary action committee after perusing through the replies submitted by the two MLAs.

The recommendation will then be submitted to the Central Committee of the FPM, which will take the final decision.

Samuel Jendai was elected from Tamenglong Assembly Constituency while Henry Paotei represents Karong Assembly Constituency.

Paotei is also a vice president of the FPM.

Even though the Common Minimum Programme of the UPA explicitly states that the territorial integrity of the North East States would not be compromised, the meeting nevertheless decided to exert the necessary pressure on the Prime Minister to extract a personal assurance that the territory of Manipur would not be tampered with.

To implement the decision, a team of MLAs of the FPM and party functionaries will leave for New Delhi soon to personally meet the Prime Minister and present the case of Manipur.

The meeting also decided to appoint another MLA L Ibomcha as the second spokesman of the party after S Ibohal.

The new spokesman will soon announce a policy of the FPM with regard to the integrity of Manipur.

When The Sangai Express contacted MLA Samuel Jendai over the decision of serve a show cause to him, the MLA diplomatically replied that since he has not received the show cause notice, it would be improper for him to comment without going through the content of the show cause notice.

Power Minister and vice president of the MPCC (I) Gaikhangam on being asked if any process has been taken up to take action against its MLA who attended the Naga integration rally, he replied that at the moment the Government and the Congress have not discussed the issue.

Though the BJP has not taken up action till date, it is likely to serve a show cause notice to its MLA and to submit a report to the Central leadership on the course of action that may be taken up.

The State unit party cannot take up any action against its MLAs but will have to wait for Central intervention.

The Congress MLA who attended the rally was Wungnaoshang Keishing while the BJP MLA was Danny Shaiza.