Kohima, July 21 (NEx): Naga People’s Front (NPF) MLAs, Dr. Chotisuh Sazo and Amenba Yaden on July 20, 2020, alleged that the present-day Government has once again made a mockery of democratic practices in the State by turning down the proposal of one day discussion on issues of public importance like Naga Political issue, COVID-19 and SARFAESI Act, 2002 in the upcoming sixth session of 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA).
A communique issued by two NPF MLAs said that in the meeting of Business Advisory Committee (BAC), convened in the Committee Room of the Assembly Secretariat on July 20, to finalize the Provisional Program for the 6th Session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly, the NPF requested the Hon’ble Speaker, NLA who is also Chairman of the BAC to accommodate the party’s proposal for one day discussion on each of the following issues of public importance viz. Naga Political issue, issues related to COVID-19 and SARFAESI Act, 2002 during the forthcoming Session. However, the request was turned down, the reason of which is best known to the Hon’ble Speaker, NLA and the present-day Government, it said.
‘The refusal by the Hon’ble Speaker, NLA to accept such significant issues of public importance for discussion is an insult to the dignity and democratic principles of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly. If such pertinent issues do not find space for discussion on the floor of the Assembly, when and where will such matters be deliberated?’- unquote.
The party MLAs stated that Naga Political issue is at a very crucial stage and the Nagaland Legislative Assembly needs to deliberate on the issue more than ever because after 23 years of political dialogue, we cannot afford to speak in different voices. Around the same time as now, discussion on Naga Political issue took place for two consecutive days in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly on 23rd and 24th July 2015 under the previous Government. More than ever, the issue is more significant today and the same ought to find room for discussion on the floor of the Assembly.
Further, they mentioned that the negative effects of COVID-19 is being witnessed in the State and to discuss on measures and find out ways and means to alleviate the pain and suffering of the citizen is our duty and responsibility as MLAs.
Meanwhile, it said that, deliberation on the SARFAESI Act is equally important because to kick-start economic growth in the State after several months of lockdown, loans from Banks are a pre-requisite which at present is at loggerheads. The matter was earlier dismissed from being discussed during the 5th Session after it was finalised by the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) and today, the same has been dismissed from inclusion in the list of business.
The MLAs said that the repugnant act of the Hon’ble Speaker, NLA and Chairman of the BAC to accept their proposal is discriminatory, unfair and unacceptable, and such autocratic style of functioning, from what is supposed to be a neutral chair, speak volumes of the present day Government and its style of functioning.