Imkong confident of getting ‘justice’

Dimapur, December 28 (MExN): I. Imkong Congress Legislature Party Leader who also heads the newly formed Nagaland Progressive Alliance (NPA) has stated that it was seeking ‘justice’ from the Centre over the December 13 no-trust vote and that the “unconstitutional action of the Speaker created history in the country’s parliamentary democracy”. Imkong in a press note issued from New Delhi stated that the NPA had been assured of ‘justice’ and that it was only a matter of time and appealed to the people of Nagaland particularly the Congress men and women to be patient and remain active for the forthcoming elections. 

“We are happy that we have been assured of justice to be delivered and it is only a matter of time”, Imkong stated pointing out that the rule of law should prevail and that this was the demand of the NPA. “All these last 5 years, flouting of rules by the DAN Government has been their hallmark which is for all to see and it is not necessary for us to repeat the same”, Imkong stated.

Reiterating its position, the NPA leader while acknowledging that under Rule 19 of the Draft of The Members of Nagaland Legislative Assembly (Disqualification on Ground of Defection) Rule, 2003 the Speaker was entitled, from time to time, to issue direction as considered necessary, within the framework of these rules, for removal of any doubt in regard to implementation of these rules. Imkong however claimed that Rule 19 is for removal of doubt in regard to implementation of the rules, not removal of voting rights of the MLAs. “It does not give power to the Speaker to issue directions at his whims and fancies in utter violations of the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution of India”, Imkong stated.

On the direction issued by the Speaker on August 21st, 2006, Imkong stated that this was not for approval of the House and that the Speaker had arbitrarily done it on his own and there was no debate or discussion by Members of the Tenth Nagaland Legislative Assembly. “We have been able to highlight the infirmities of the said direction and the legal luminaries have also given their opinion. We have only demanded what is constitutionally right and proper and there is no ambiguity in our demand for justice”, Imkong stated.

On NPF President Dr. Shurhozelie’s contention that the Leader of Opposition pronounced the result before the Speaker, Imkong pointed out that this was false and totally wrong and that as a good Christian, the NPF President should not lie so blatantly to justify the unjustifiable. “I am surprised that his conscience did not prick him while making the statement”.