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Nagaland Govt rejects Opposition’s requests to hold 3-day session, NPF to boycott session

Naga People’s Front (NPF) has decided to boycott the sixth session of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly session to be held on August 13th, 2020.

The following pertinent facts and circumstances, which have compelled the NPF Legislature Party to Boycott the 6th Session of the 13th NLA scheduled to be held on August 13, 2020, are hereby brought to the attention of your authority.

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The NPF said it had requested the Governor to hold a three-day session while accommodating the proposal of the Opposition Party for one-day discussion on each of the following issue of public importance viz. Naga Political issue, issue related to COVID-I9 and SARFAESI ACT, 2002.

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“The request was turned down and subsequently, the two NPF MLAs issued a Communiqué the same evening terming the decision arrived at the BAC Meeting as discriminatory, unfair and unacceptable,” NPF said.

It may be mentioned that the Leader of Opposition, TR Zeliang on July 25th, 2020, had proposed the authority for extension of the sixth session of the 13th NLA “by a few more days wherein the second day of the Session can commence in the month of August as deemed convenient post recess.”

Later, Zeliang had suggested three options for consideration – 1. To convene the 6th Session from August 11th, 2020 to August 13th, 2020 for a period of 3 days. 2. To differ the commencement date of the 6th Session to a day after August 15 or preponement of the same in order to accommodate at least 3 days Session. 3. To commence the 6th Session on August 13 as scheduled and adjourn the House without sine die and resume for another 2 days after August 15 (post recess).

The NPF further stated in a press communique that the governor had written to the Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on August 3rd, 2020. “Despite clear indication by the Governor that the 6th session of the 13th NLA should be of adequate duration to enable it to deliberate over the pressing issues of Nagaland, the government has failed to consider the same. Instead, a letter was reverted back to the Governor reaffirming the decision of holding a one-day session,” the party stated in the communique.

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