FPM makes position clear on show cause
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 05: Setting the record straight, president of the Federal Party of Manipur today said that the show cause notices served on its two MLAs for attending the Naga integrity rally is not because they are Naga MLAs but for violating the Constitution of the party.

On the other hand Samuel Jendai, one of the two MLAs, said that till 4 pm of today he had not officially received the show cause notice from the party president, raising doubts over whether the show cause notices have actually been issued or not.

Speaking to The Sangai Express Dr L Chandramani said that the show cause notice signed by him were sent to the two MLAs, Samuel Jendai and Henry Paotei through the office peon of the party, late this evening.

He however added that he does not know whether the show cause notice have been received or not as he has not yet seen the record book of the messenger.

The show cause asked the two MLAs to reply why they should not be suspended or expelled from the party for anti-party activities by attending the Kohima rally where Samuel Jendai is believed to have also addressed the gathering.

Ten days time have been given to the two MLAs to file their replies.

Making the position of the FPM clear, Dr Chandramani said that the show cause notice was issued not because the two MLAs are Nagas but because they had violated Article 2 (4) of the party's constitution.

This Article clearly lays down that FPM will protect the territorial integrity of Manipur and this issue was also included in the election manifesto of the party in the 2002 general election.

The two MLAs were elected on the manifesto and constitution of the party and their participation in the Naga integrity rally at Kohima as well as the signing of the memorandum endorsing the formation of a Greater Nagalim is anti-party, explained the president.

The FPM will stand by its constitution and the territorial integrity of Manipur, asserted Dr Chandramani.

The course of action will be discussed and recommended by the party's disciplinary committee and the final decision will be taken by the central committee of the FPM, he said.