The do-able

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/19/2020 12:11:33 PM IST

 After the sole opposition the Naga People’s Front(NPF) decided to sever its association with the Joint Legislature Forum(JLF), formed with the declared purpose of acting as facilitator for pursuit of a permanent settlement to the Naga political issue; two things could happen- the ruling PDA coalition convince NPF to return back in the interest of the people or the Forum become redundant. According to a press communiqué issued by the NPF legislature, the party felt that continuing as part of the JLF did not serve any purpose due to alleged “trust deficit” of the ruling party on the NPF. The opposition claimed that resolutions at JLF meetings were not followed up and that its proposals went unheeded. The incoherence in the JLF as per the NPF, was attributed to the disinclination of the ruling party to take the opposition on board over various matters. This raises a pertinent question on whether legislators as facilitators under another nomenclature such as JLF, actually serves the specific purpose of making any impact on the progress of the negotiations? Could not the legislators have otherwise done so on the floor as members of the house and why a house session cannot be convened to discuss the issue since legislators insist that it is the top most in the agenda of the Naga people? From past outcomes, much has been discussed and ultimately, the resolutions are in the form of appeals on all to unite for peace and then another urgent appeal on the government of India to bring an early solution that it honourable and acceptable to all sections of Naga society. Also even in the past delegations have met with central leaders to apprise them of the issue and strongly urge upon them to bring an early solution. What had probably been the last straw for the NPF, was the recently concluded 6th session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA). NPF had requested the Speaker to allocate one day each to discuss the Naga political issue, COVID-19 and SARFAESI Act, 2002 but it was turned down. Consequently, the NPF boycotted the one-day 6th session on August 13,2020. Highlighting the reasons for boycotting the session, opposition leader and former chief minister T.R.Zeliang lamented that attending the session solely for the purpose of making obituary reference and passing of government Bills did not make any sense when the state was confronted with numerous issues. He said the NPF MLAs had submitted a list of 29 questions, of which only 12 questions were admitted for the session. The two decisions made by the NPF - boycott of the 6th session and the withdrawal from JLF- are significant as they seem to suggest a non-confidence with the current dispensation. Viewed from another perspective, the NPF may be accused of trying to score brownie point through the two decisions. However, in politics every issue is an opportunity to sway public opinion. Even if the NPF had attended the one-day session, its members would not have been able to put the government in the dock over matters raised through starred questions due to the paucity of time. As commented in this column on several occasions, legislators have been elected to effect good governance and fulfil their pledge and so it is time they refocus their attention and doing so will contribute towards peace and progress.

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