Nagaland Home minister Y. Patton has taken serious note of the threat and intimidation meted out by his supporters to BJP legislator Mmhonlumo Kikon for tabling questions about home department for the forthcoming NLA Assembly Session.
In a statement, Patton said any member of the house was free to raise any question(s) in any department and for which such department was bound to provide replies to the house.
He said threat for asking questions on home department by any of his supporters was therefore “highly questionable and objectionable”. Patton said if any threats were issued as posed in social media by Mmhonlumo, he requested the MLA to lodge a complaint with police so that proper investigation could be initiated for strict action as per the law and to ensure such incidents do not recur.
Z. Lohe backs MLA
Former Speaker Z.Lohe has hit out against the threat and intimidation issued to BJP legislator Mmhonlumo Kikon for having submitted questions on the number of people appointed during the past four years in the home/police department. In a statement, Lohe said it was a form of “Naga terrorism” that Mmhonlumo was confronted with but said it was fortunate that the MLA was under protection of the state government. He lamented that thousands of people who face threats every day were without police protection.
On the issue of submitting written questions before the assembly session, Lohe said he supported Mmhonlumo not for any other reason but for raising relevant questions on recruitment of manpower in the home department. He said not only home department but also many others where rampant recruitments of both eligible and ineligible people have been made including those from mainland India under the DAN government during the past 14 years.
Seeking to draw a parallel on excess appointments, Lohe recalled that the Sugar Mills had to close down on account of excess employees where instead of 350 staff required, there were 1600 appointed. He said if all funds received from Delhi was to go for salaries then there will be nothing left for development.