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Budget session, a tamed affair
Correspondent Kohima, Jul 27 (NPN):
Published on 28 Jul. 2010 12:05 AM IST
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The budget session which concluded Monday was a routine affair with the opposition Congress by and large able to grill the treasury benches with minister and parliamentary secretaries caught unprepared on several occasions. The opposition resorted to dramatics beginning with the silent placard protest on the opening day followed with a protest walk out on the concluding day.
Home minister Imkong L. Imchen was the target of the opposition on the first day when members with placards hung on their shoulders, demanded his resignation for cash carry scam at Nepal’s Kathmandu airport on June 30.
During the debate, the opposition also made a scathing attack on power minister Doshehe for allegedly making excess payment to a private firm over the Likhimro power project. During discussion the opposition onslaught was met with unsatisfying replies from the treasury benches.
The opposition bench on their part also displayed lack of intensity with poor attendance bearing mute testimony to the general disinterest. During most of the sittings, at least ten or more seats were empty on the opposition side as against 19 MLAs.
The walk out by the opposition in protest against the budget deficit and unsatisfactory replies was more symbolic as the ruling DAN completed the ritual of passing the budget by voice vote.
Talking to this Correspondent NPCC president I Imkong said he had taken serious note of the absenteeism and raised the matter with partymen in the lobby.
Opposition Leader Tokheho once said that there was hardly any point in raising pertinent issues since the ruling DAN coalition members were not serious about issues raised. He alleged that though ministers and parliamentary secretaries could have provided proper and factual answers, yet there were contradictions between their written and oral replies.
The interesting feature of the budget session was contained in the speech of the chief minister who presented the budget on July 22. In his speech Rio preferred to make little or no claims of any achievement but laced the speech with expressions of gratitude to the UPA government and the prime minister including the Congress in the state.

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