Zeliang for extended NLA Session; seeks Governor’s intervention

Kohima, August 1 (MExN): Leader of Opposition, TR Zeliang has written a letter to the Governor seeking intervention over issues related with the proposed 6th Assembly Session if 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) scheduled for August 13. 

In the letter, the opposition leader highlighted the need for extension of business days to three days in order to deliberate on the Naga political issue, the COVID-19 situation in the state as well as the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest (SARFAESI) Act, 2002. He also pointed out that during the 5th Session, the SARFAESI Act, 2002, was dismissed from being discussed even after the same was finalized by the Business Advisory Committee.

Zeliang further stated that while it is understood that the date of commencement and the number of days for Assembly Sessions should be chosen at the convenience of the Speaker and the Leader of the House, “the same privilege cannot act as a license… to construe duration of Assembly Sessions according to their personal suitability.”

He also pointed out that the culpability of holding a one-day session has been shifted to the Raj Bhavan with the Assembly Secretariat releasing Bulletin Part-II on July 29, wherein it was “indicated” that the Governor had directed for postponement till August 13. 

This implies that the 6th Session of the 13th NLA will be a one-day session for the reason that most of the MLAs will move to various Administrative HQs on August 14 for hoisting the National Flag on Independence Day, he added. 

As such, the opposition leader requested the Governor to re-examine the matter while suggesting options like deferring or preponing the session to a day before or after August 15; convening the 6th Session from August 11 to 13 or commencing the Session as scheduled and adjourning the House without sine die and resuming for another 2 days after post recess.

Stating that the proposal for extension which was also brought before the Speaker in a letter on July 25, “went unattended,” the opposition leader reiterated that “a one-day Session is not adequate by all means.”