Don’t lecture us on Assembly proceedings: NPF to NDPP

DIMAPUR, OCT 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/10/2018 11:42:08 AM IST

NPF Legislature Party has clarified that it had only expressed its displeasure at the biased attitude and step-motherly treatment meted out to its legislators during the recently-concluded Assembly Session by speaker Vikho-o Yhoshü and termed NDPP’s attempt to lecture it on Assembly proceedings as “absurd and inappropriate”. 

In a rejoinder issued by its press bureau, the opposition party explained that it had pointed out the defects in the Assembly proceedings based on solid foundation and reasoning with an objective to uphold the dignity, prestige and decorum of the House, which was projected in poor light due to biased attitude of the speaker. It asserted that NDPP had no moral right to issue threat and intimidation of not tolerating disrespect to the speaker’s chair, “which was very unbecoming and uncalled for.” 

Asking ruling party leaders whether they had witnessed proceedings of the recent Assembly session, NPF pointed out that any sensible person witness to the proceedings saw how the speaker failed to apply his wisdom and left the August House in shambles, as he was remote controlled by big bosses to escape further disgrace from the opposition bench. 

The opposition party also took umbrage to the comparison made by the ruling party between the 12th and 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) by stating that the two Houses comprised of different representatives and that there was no parallel as the circumstances leading to the previous political events were poles apart, unlike the present situation where 26 MLAs were in the opposition bench.

Dismissing NDPP’s accusation that no members were allowed to ask questions during TR Zeliang’s regime when there was no opposition, NPF alleged that it was speaker of the current Assembly which had restricted its members to utilise the question hour judiciously on pertinent issues. It said the question hour was adjusted with other items of business listed for the day and, therefore, comparing the last and present NLA did not hold any water. 

The opposition party also expressed shock at the way NDPP raised hue and cry over the issue and advised the ruling party to teach its MLAs parliamentary decorum before coming for Assembly Session. 

NPF reminded the PDA coalition that Naga people had given their mandate to it during the last general election. But due to the fact that the party had 26 MLAs in the House of 60, it broke all records to emerge as the single largest political party in the State.

Urging the coalition government to refrain from being scared of its own shadow and do away with the feeling of insecurity by concentrating more on core issues of the State, the opposition party asked the government to tighten its seat belt, get back to work and deliver what was promised to the people of Nagaland. 

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