BJP asks Centre to use Goa yardstick in Nagaland

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New Delhi, Jan 2 (UNI) The BJP today accused the UPA government of conspiring to impose President's Rule in Nagaland a fortnight before the announcement of the assembly polls in the state.

The BJP--a ruling partner in Nagaland-- demanded that the Centre follow the same yardstick it had adopted in Goa for determining the majority of the NPF headed by Dr Neiphu Rio in Nagaland.

BJP spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the ruling of the Nagaland Assembly Speaker disqualifying the Members of anti-defection law could not be seen as a premise for imposing President's rule in Nagaland. Then the Centre would have to dismiss the Goa Government as its Speaker Pratapsinh Rane had acted similarly disqualifying the MLAs from casting their vote in the recent trial of strength in July 30, 2007 to help Mr D Kamat's regime.

''There can not be two sets of rules... one for the Centre and another for the Opposition,'' Mr Rudy said drawing a comparison between Goa and Nagaland.

The Left parties, which were fond of issuing ''moral sound bites'' on all and sundry matters, were maintaining ''deafening silence''.

''People of Nagaland are watching everybody and will give a befitting reply to the UPA's unconstitutional actions,'' Mr Rudy said.

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