Highlights of 13th NLA session

Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 9 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/9/2020 12:17:27 PM IST

As the fifth session of 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) resumed on February 7, opposition members returned to the floor of the House by vigorously attacking the ruling bench on various issues, including the controversial remark made by governor RN Ravi during his speech that Naga peace talks had been “successfully concluded”.

The opposition bench seemed well prepared to attack the government on the issue of including infrastructural development, non-maintenance of backward reservation in employment, scholarship, illegal taxations at check gates, etc.

Annoyed by the delay in the documents reaching the opposition members, especially starred and unstarred questions and answers, leader of opposition TR Zeliang Saturday insisted that the papers should reach them at least a night before the question hour so that they could study and analyse the replies.

This was the second time that Zeliang had raised the same issue. He had raised it once during the time of former speaker late Vikho-o Yhoshü.

Upon the issue being raised, newly elected NLA speaker Sharingain Longkumer replied that he had taken note of the concern and assured to look into the matter.

Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 was another issue that rocked the Assembly with the opposition benchers demanding that NLA adopt a resolution rejecting the Act.

However, two senior BJP legislators– State president and minister Temjen Imna Along and deputy CM Y. Patton– felt that it was not necessary to adopt a resolution against CAA after giving a lengthy explanation.

Heated exchange of words was witnessed between BJP and NPF legislators over the consultative meeting convened by Union home minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on December 3, 2019 with various stakeholders from Nagaland.

BJP claimed that Zeliang, GB Federation, NSF president, political party leaders from Nagaland and all those present at the meeting concurred after the commitment given by Shah to insert special clause in the Act.

However, Zeliang countered by saying he did not concur and claimed that he had told the home minister that he would thank him only after seeing the Bill. He went on to say that the two BJP leaders remained silent and did not speak a word on the issue.

The newly-elected speaker and the youngest legislator in the House had to bear with the pressure of the opposition members overshooting their allotted time to speak.

Longkumer conceded to the continuous demand of the opposition members to grant more time and NPF MLA Kuzholuzo Nienu, who already used 20 minutes out of his allotted 25 minutes, is expected to open/continue the debate on the motion of thanks to the governor’s speech on February 10.

As the opposition members demanded more time and reminded the speaker that governance might belong to the ruling party but the Assembly belonged to them as well, barring advisers KT Sukhalu and Toshi Wungtung and Along and Patton, cabinet members were yet to get a chance to take part in the debate.

On February 10, the session will begin with questions followed by laying of administrative reports, laying of reports/rules, consideration and passing of government bills, discussion on matter of urgent public importance and debate and adoption of the motion of thanks to the governor’s address.

Meanwhile, the seven suspended MLAs from NPF chose to remain silent throughout the session. 


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