NPCC demands Speaker's ouster

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Kohima, Oct 18 (UNI) The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) today sought intervention of Governor K Sankaranarayanan to look into the conduct of the Assembly Speaker during a 'No Confidence Motion' and demanded his resignation.

In a statement here the party said NPCC leaders met the Governor at Raj Bhavan yesterday and submitted a memorandum seeking his intervention into the 'total disregard' of the Constitution and its norms and proceeding by the then Speaker Mr Kiyanilie Peseyie during the 'No Confidence Motion' in the last session of the Tenth Nagaland Legislative Assembly on December 13 last year.

The previous Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) ministry survived the 'No Confidence Motion' on December 13, but President's Rule was imposed in the state on January 3.

The Assembly election was held on March 5 and the regional party Nagaland Peoples Front (NPF), with the help of the BJP, NCP and Independent MLAs, formed the second term of the DAN government.

The nine-member NPCC delegation was led by its president K V Pusa. Their memorandum said Gauhati High Court had termed the writ petition of NPF, challenging President's Rule and defending the conduct of the Speaker on the No Confidence Motion as ''illegal, unconstitutional and biased''. It also maintained that the people of Nagaland could never get justice from an ''indicted'' Speaker and demanded his immediate resignation ''considering his grievous misdeed and losing the moral authority to man the sanctified August House''.

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