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Cong demands termination of Legal Advisor
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 10 (NPN):
Published on 11 Jul. 2009 12:47 AM IST
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The Opposition Congress today launched another scathing attack on the ruling DAN government for appointing R. Kothandaraman as legal advisor to the Government of Nagaland and demanded immediate termination of his appointment. Members of the Opposition bench pointed out to newspaper reports on the controversial appointment of Kothandaraman as principal secretary to Meghalaya Legislative Assembly in May last while he was serving as Legal Advisor to Government of Nagaland. Though his appointment in Meghalaya assembly ended up in controversy and subsequent resignation, the opposition questioned his integrity and asked the state government as to how it could allow a person to draw two salaries from two states at the same time. The matter came up during question hour when former Opposition Leader I. Imkong raised the matter in a starred question. Raising supplementary questions, Imkong questioned as to why the state had to appoint another legal advisor when the state already had Advocate General and other team of legal advisors and also judiciary department official to assist and advice the state government on legal matters. Joining the bandwagon, opposition member K.L Chishi launched a salvo targeting the state home minister Imkong L. Imchen and asked the leader of the house to drop the former from the home portfolio for alleged ignorance of his job. The opposition bench also refused reply from the home minister and forced chief minister to reply. Rio replied by highlighting the appointment and various other benefits given to him, but conveniently avoided making any commitment on the opposition demand for termination of the service of Kothandaraman. Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Chingwang Konyak today demanded the state government to immediately resolve the NSF demand as their agitation was adversely affecting the general public. He raised the matter during Zero hour of the ongoing budget session Friday.

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