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Nagaland crisis: NPA leaders to hold talks with Centre

Claiming a majority support in the state assembly, the newly formed Nagaland Progressive Alliance (NPA) has said it will parade legislators backing it, if necessary, before President Pratibha Patil.

india Updated: Dec 17, 2007 23:28 IST

Claiming a majority support in the state assembly, the newly formed Nagaland Progressive Alliance (NPA) has said it will parade legislators backing it, if necessary, before President Pratibha Patil.

"We will meet Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and if necessary we will parade our MLAs before the President," NPA leader I Imkong said here yesterday prior to their departure to New Delhi.

The comments came after the ruling Democratic Alliance survived a no-confidence motion moved by Opposition parties in the assembly on December 13.

The Congress along with dissident members of the Nagaland People's Front have formed the NPA, which alleges that the Democratic Alliance have lost majority support in the state assembly following defection of certain MLAs.

Imkong lamented that the Home ministry failed to take any decision though governor had sent a report on the political development on December 13 evening.

AICC General Secretary in-charge of Nagaland Margaret Alva had already briefed the Home minister on the latest political developments in Nagaland, but Patil was "dragging his feet" on the matter, he said.

"We are not happy with the Union Home minister, how long will he have to wait to take a decision. Patil should not allow the 'minority government' led by Neiphiu Rio to continue in office any longer," Imkong said.

Imkong also alleged that at a cabinet meeting following the ambush on Goa Governor S C Jamir on November 27, Rio had purportedly said that President's Rule would not be imposed as he had "his men in New Delhi" and had also discussed the matter with the Union Home minister.