Dimapur, Oct. 10 (EMN): The paper war continues between the ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and the opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF).
The press bureau of the NPF ‘central headquarter’ stated that it is not interested, in what termed, the “nursery rhymes being sung by the NDPP choir every now and then whenever they find themselves in a fixed spot”.
The role of the speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly, which was published in the local media days back as highlighted in by the party, was particularly mentioned.
“The NPF Legislature party has in no uncertain terms, expressed its extreme displeasure at the biased attitude and step-motherly treatment meted out to its members during the recently concluded Assembly Session by the Speaker’s chair, and hence it is absurd and inappropriate on the part of the NDPP to lecture NPF about Assembly proceedings which they themselves should learn by heart as a still born political party,” the NPF stated while adding that the NDPP should be ‘equipped properly with the parliamentary decorum and norms of the house before pointing it’s finger at NPF which is way far ahead of them’.
“The NPF legislature party has only pointed out the defects of the Assembly proceedings basing on solid foundation and reasoning with an objective to uphold the dignity and prestige of the decorum of the house , which was projected in poor light at the biased attitude of the speaker , and therefore, the NDPP have no moral right to lecture the NPF with threat and intimidation using phrases such as” NDPP will ‘not tolerate disrespect to the speaker’s Chair”, which is very unbecoming and uncalled for,” the NPF stated.
Saying that the Nagaland Legislative Assembly is in ‘shambles’, the opposition party asked “whether they have witnessed the proceeding of the recently concluded Assembly Session , because any sensible person who attended the proceeding would have gained ample knowledge on how the most revered chair has failed to apply his wisdom and has kept the August House in shambles , remote controlled by the big bosses to escape further disgrace from the opposition bench”.
Saying that is taken aback of the NDPP’s comparison of the 12th and the 13th NLA, the previous government being an ‘opposition-less government’, the NPF stated that the ‘last ‘opposition-less government’ has witnessed a situation where no questions could be raised by any members’.
“Whereas, in the present 13th house, the Honourable Speaker has restricted it’s members to utilise the question hour judiciously on pertinent issues which is the bone of contention here. The question hour has been adjusted with the other items of the business listed for the day, and therefore, comparing the last and the present NLA does not hold any water,” the NPF complained.
The party also expressed shock, at what it termed, the manner in which NDPP has raised much hues and cries over the speaker’s office and ‘advised the NDPP to teach their MLAs well on parliamentary decorum of the house before they come for Assembly Session’.
Describing it as’ childish behaviour’ of the NDPP to dictate the chair of the NLA speaker ‘with malicious intent to away the sanctity and purity of the speaker’s office by the NDPP party’, the NPF reminded the PDA government ‘once and for all’ that the Naga people have given their mandate “to the NPF during the last general election due to the fact that NPF alone has returned 26 MLAs in the house of 60,breaking an all time record to emerge as the strongest and the single largest political party in the state”.
The NPF also reminded the PDA government to refrain from being sacred of their ‘own shadows’ and with ‘constant nagging feelings of insecurities’ and ‘get back to work and deliver what had been promised to the people of Nagaland at the onset of PDA govt.’