Discrimination by NLA Speaker, alleges NPF

DIMAPUR, JUL 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/20/2020 12:51:30 PM IST

Opposition NPF has alleged that in view of “discrimination” meted out to the party by Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) Sharingain Longkumer, it was constrained to issue a statement for the “general awareness” on the how the present government (PDA) was making a “mockery of democratic practices in the state”. 

Stating this in a communiqué NPF through its two legislators-- Dr. Chotisuh Sazo and Amenba Yaden, narrated the events that took place on July 20 at the Business Advisory Committee(BAC) of the NLA held at the Committee Room to finalise the provisional programme for the 6th session of the 13th NLA.

At the meeting, the two said NPF requested the Speaker (chairman of BAC) to accommodate the proposal for discussions under issue of public importance, such as- Naga political issue, COVID-19 and SARFAESI Act,2002 during the one-day session.

However, they said, the request was turned down for reasons best known to the Speaker and the ruling coalition. The NPF legislators said since the Naga political issue has reached a “crucial stage” it has to be deliberated more than before since “we cannot afford to speak in different voices” after 23 years of political dialogue.  NPF reminded that the issue had been deliberated for two consecutive days on July 23 and 24,2015 and opined that it was more significant that the issue found a room for discussion on the floor of the house.

NPF also said the “negative effects of COVID-19” was being witnessed in Nagaland and there was need to discuss on measures and as MLAs it was their responsibility to find our ways and means to alleviate the suffering of the people.

On Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Securities Interest (SARFAESI) Act (To provide for recovery as public demands, of loans advanced by banks and other financial institutions), NPF said there was need to deliberate on it to kick-start economic growth after months of lockdown. (The Act seeks to provide for recovery as public demands, of loans advanced by banks and other financial institutions). The two reminded that the issue had also been finalized by the BAC on the 5th session but has been excluded for the forthcoming 6th session.

NPF said the act of the Speaker and chairman BAC to refuse its proposals was “discriminatory, unfair and unacceptable” adding it reflected the “autocratic style of functioning” of what was meant to be a neutral chair.


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