Kohima: Nagaland Home Minister Imkong L Imchen has resigned from the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) government, a party official said yesterday.
Imchen put in his papers after the Election Commission authorities seized cash amounting to more than `10m and weapons from his vehicle Monday by troopers of Assam Rifles.
“I felt imperative to tender my resignation from the Council of Ministers with immediate effect, owning moral responsibility while holding public office, even though I have committed no wrong over the incident under the law,” Imchen said in his resignation letter, which he submitted to Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.
On the other hand, the opposition Congress has sought disqualification of Imchen from contesting the assembly election for violating the model code of conduct.
The offence committed by Imchen is a very serious crime under Arms Act and the case should be investigated by the National Investigation Agency.
On Monday, troopers of the Assam Rifles seized `1.1m in cash, five pistols, two 7.65 mm calibre rifles and 140 round of 303 rifle ammunition from Imchen’s vehicle at Sathupang area in Wokha district while he was on his way to his Koridanga constituency in Mokokchung district.
This is the second big cash seizure in poll-bound Nagaland.
Jayalalithaa meets political rival Vaiko
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa yesterday surprised everyone by exchanging pleasantries with political rival and MDMK general secretary Vaiko on a road near here.
Vaiko was proceeding by foot with his followers on the outskirts of the city, demanding introduction of prohibition in the state. Jayalalithaa, who was passing by, stopped her car, got out and enquired about Vaiko’s health and his family.
The MDMK leader in turn explained the purpose of his walk and extended an advance birthday greeting. Jayalalithaa’s birthday falls on February 24. This was their first meeting after a long time. In the 2011 assembly elections, the MDMK quit the AIADMK alliance as it was not given sufficient number of seats to contest. In December, MDMK propaganda secretary Nanjil Sampath joined the AIADMK.
Delhi has two more swine flu deaths
New Delhi: Two people suffering from swine flu died yesterday while 53 others tested positive for the virus here, taking the toll in the city to four and total number of cases to 510 this year, an official said.
“Fifty-three people where tested positive for swine flu and two deaths have been reported today (Tuesday) from Apollo Hospital and Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital,” a doctor of the Delhi Health Service (DHS) said.