Rajya Sabha MP from Nagaland, K G Kenye has resigned from the post of secretary general of Naga People’s Front (NPF) on Friday.
His resignation came a day after he was issued a show-cause notice by the NPF disciplinary action committee for voting in favour of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Parliament.
Addressing media after his resignation, Kenye said it was a matter of prestige and image within his party, and hence he had tendered his resignation from the post.
But, he added that he had not resigned from the party.
The MP informed the media persons that he had made several attempts to meet NPF president Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu to explain why he had voted in favour of the Act.
But he claimed that the latter did not give him a chance to meet and explain the matter to him.
In a letter addressed to the NPF president, Kenye stated that in the face of being served the show-cause notice by the party’s disciplinary action committee, which he had received on the night of December 19, he had tendered his resignation from the post of secretary general.
“It is a very rare case that a high profile party office bearer should fall under the DAC scanner as my integrity has become questionable,” his resignation letter read.
“Therefore, I am taking this step so as to save the prestige and image of the party,” he stated in the letter.
“It has been an honour to serve under your leadership for many years. I wish you good luck and God’s blessing,” he added.
Kenye has clarified that he had voted in favour of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 – CAB – as it granted exemption to Nagaland under provision of Inner Line Permit (ILP) under Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR) 1873.
Notably, the two MPs of NPF – Kenye and Lok Sabha member from Outer Manipur Lorho S Pfoze – had been directed to submit their replies within seven days from the date of issue of the show-cause notices, on or before December 26.
The notices came after the party’s central executive council held a meeting on Thursday to deliberate on the actions to be taken against both the MPs for their conduct during the recent Winter Session of Parliament when the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed.
The duo had voted in favour of the Bill.