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NLA Speaker deliberately delaying the petition for disqualification of 7 MLAs; NPF

(NPF Secretary General, Achumbemo Kikon addressing the media on Thursday, March 13, 2020 | Photo: NagalandExpress)

Kohima, March 13 (NE): The disqualification petition against seven suspended NPF legislators for defying the NPF party’s collective decision to support the Congress candidate on April 11, 2019 Lok Sabha polls is getting heated up as the NPF has taken the matter to Gauhati High Court seeking disposal of the petition lying with Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) speaker since April 24, 2019.

Addressing the media on the legal aspects of the petition at the NPF, HQ, Kohima, the petitioner’s lawyer, S. Borgohain said, NPF Legislators filed disqualification petition of seven Legislators before the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) speaker on April 24, 2019.

The last order issued by NLA Speaker on this petition was on February 18, 2020, asking both the petitioners (NPF) and the seven MLAs to furnish their issues before the speaker on March 20, 2020 at 11:00 am. NPF claimed that they have already furnished their issues before the speaker to adjudicate the matter. But again NPF have been called along with the seven MLAs to furnish the issues again, which raised a question on the discharging of the Hon’ble NLA Speaker, he added.

NPF filed a repetition to the High court, to issue direction to the NLA Speaker under the Constitution of India to decide the disqualification petitions in a time bound manner as per the direction of the honorable Supreme court issued in Manipur legislative assembly case where the SC said that the current political scenario of our country shows that speakers are acting in a biased manner, he added.

On March 11, 2020, the Gauhati High Court ordered that the pendency of the writ petition which is to be listed on April 3, 2020, the speaker has been granted the liberty to adjudicate those disqualification petitions which are pending before him and the matter is listed on March 20 before the assembly secretariat, he said.

The NPF Secretary General, Achumbemo Kikon said, Hon’ble NLA Speaker is deliberately delaying on the disqualification petition of seven Legislators which was filed on April 24, 2019. According the the 10th schedule, it should be addressed within 3 months but its been almost 11 months now and the reason for delay is unknown. We want the speaker to adjudicate the case and dispose the petition from his table, he added.

In response to the statement issued by the NDPP on March 12, 2020, Achumbemo said, NPF as a responsible opposition party, with largest number of Legislators, it is our duty to raise the issues, also on the functioning of the government. We had issued a brief statement, among that, one issue is on the road sector, because of the fact that it’s our party that has brought all these road projects. They have brought nothing so far, no new schemes, no funding or projects, neither they executed judiciously what we have brought. The execution on the ground is pathetic, Achumbemo added.

This government has promised many things, but on the ground it’s nil. Among that, they have promised that there will be a surplus in the meat production, but the import was much more than the surplus in the last one year, this is one among the many failures, he added.

Talking about the budget, he added that the liabilities had increased, which is an example of this government’s failure.

People started approaching the Governor’s table, instead of seeking their grievances from the elected government, which shows that there is no semblance of government, people have no hope on this government. The frustration of the people will be seen more as days goes by, he said.

As a responsible opposition party, NPF also started initiatives to create awareness on the pandemic Covid-19, which had become a threat for all of us, Achumbemo added.