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Cong targets Imchen, placard-donning oppn stage protest

Leader of the House, Neiphiu Rio making obituary reference in the Assembly on Tuesday. (DIPR)
Correspondent DIMAPUR/KOHIMA, JUL 20 (NPN):
Published on 21 Jul. 2010 12:10 AM IST
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Gunning for the Home Minister Imkong L.Imchen as well as other members of the Rio council of ministers and parliamentary secretaries, the opposition Congress Tuesday resorted to a silent protest on the opening day of the ongoing budget session carrying placards demanding the home minister’s resignation for being detained in Nepal for carrying Indian currency denominations of Rs.1000 and Rs.500 which are banned in that country.
As the house assembled for the budget session, all the members from the opposition bench except K.L. Chishi entered the assembly with placards hung on their neck.
Out of six demands displayed in the placards, most were directed against the home minister while one demanded that the chief minister should stop sheltering corrupt ministers and parliamentary secretaries.
During mid-session of the question hour , higher and technical education and urban development minister, Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu intervened and raised point of order over the opposition protest. He read out Rules 273 (14) of the Rules Procedures and Conduct of Assembly which restricted any form of protest through banners and placards inside the floor of the house during assembly session.
Opposition member Kheto cited an example of similar protest in the Karnataka Assembly recently by opposition members who wore yellow helmets and attended the session. Speaker Kiyanilie, however, pointed out that Karnataka did not have such rules that restricted the use of helmets in the assembly and requested the opposition bench to remove the placards. Stating that the opposition members had already displayed the placards for more than 40 minutes, the speaker requested them to remove the same.
The opposition bench later agreed to remove the placards only after the speaker allowed its member Kheto to read out the contents of the six-point demands written on the placards on the floor of the house.
Leader of Opposition, Tokheho said that the opposition did not want to stage protest but was compelled as the government failed to take any corrective measures to various issues it had pointed out. He pointed out that the opposition bench had not disturbed the proceedings of the house but was displaying their displeasure and protest by wearing the placards.
Earlier, Leader of the house, Neiphiu Rio and leader of the opposition, Tokheho Yepthomi made obituary references to the passing away of Late Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, former vice-president of India and senior BJP leader who was also three times the chief minister of Rajasthan.
NLA speaker, Kiyanilie Peseyie also made obituary reference to the passing away of Late Khumting Konyak, former member of Interim Body who died on June 24, 2010. The speaker said that Late Khumting Konyak was born in 1919 and was one of the 42 members of the Interim Body from 1961-1963.
A DIPR bulletin stated that the list of business on day one included question hour and the house was adjourned for the day to resume business on July 22at 9:30 a.m.

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