The state’s opposition NPF party stunned the people when its working president proudly complimented the party’s legislators for dressing sharp in the recently concluded assembly session. He was commending the legislators for being a ‘very strong opposition party’ in the assembly and perhaps vanity led him to also remark on the dressing of his party’s legislators.
If only good dress sense was the benchmark for our lawmakers’ potential it would mean good days are ahead of us. To be sure though, everyone knows it is not and the conduct of many lawmakers, from both the benches in the assembly is quite questionable. Such statements are unbecoming of one of the oldest parties Nagaland has given birth to.
The opposition with 26 MLAs is the strongest in number in the history of the state. The onus then is on it to act so. It did a commendable job in the recently concluded session; it posed many questions to the Treasury bench during the question hour. There were instances where some of the ministers in charge of various departments were rattled. The state actually needs such an opposition.
Yet, vanity is sometimes difficult to hide and it took a party’s top functionary to display it. It has now becomes uncertain if the opposition party—the organisation and its legislature wings— are truly working for good governance, and for the good of the state. To refresh everyone’s memory it was the NPF-led DAN government that governed the state till March 2018. The previous tenure was notorious for having had the shortest of sessions compared to those of assemblies in other states in the country.
A record of sort was created in July 2016 when the assembly lasted for only 15 minutes. The news about the short session made it to the headlines of newspapers across the country.
So what conclusions shall the public be making from the sudden high number of questions raised by the opposition? Is it just another antic to making it to power one day or to really help good governance? Some of the questions were as though they were asking for the party’s own progress report if not for a constituent from the previous alliance.