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NLA Speaker abusing Tenth Schedule: NPF

Saturday, 12 August 2017 11:54
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Dimapur, August 11: The Naga People's Front (NPF) Central Headquarters has accused the Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly of misusing the Tenth Schedule with active support and encouragement by the Governor. 

In a press release, the Media & Press Bureau, NPF stated that the motive behind the 91st Amendment of the Constitution was to give power and authority to political parties to rein in activities of rebels. But, it alleged, that the authority vested with the political parties as envisaged in the Tenth Schedule has been abused by the Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly with active support and encouragement by the Governor, who, it alleged, has been "acting like a voyeur in the whole orgy of shame and defilement of the Constitution."

The Media & Press Bureau alleged that emboldened by getting away scot-free with such Constitutional atrocities, the "so-called Press & Information Cell of the illegal and imaginary political party consisting of expelled and suspended NPF members has started to issue statements which lack logic, reason and sanity."

The release reminded that the NPF is a responsible political party registered with the Election Commission of India and functions according to the provisions of its Constitution, and does not function like a student or social organization where members and office bearers are selected/ appointed at random.

It pointed out that Article IV of the NPF Constitution deals extensively with the procedure and method of electing office bearers of the party, including the president. "And nowhere is it mentioned that legislators, least of all expelled or suspended MLAs, are empowered or authorized to elect the President or any office bearer. For that matter, party legislators have not been given Constitutional competence to appoint even a primary member of the NPF party," it stated.

On the claim that the "the NPF legislature party was gracious and magnanimous enough to grant 15 days to Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu to resign," the release said it was not grace or magnanimity on the part of the suspended and expelled MLAs but out of "sheer ignorance of the due process of law and Constitutional provisions" and "with hopelessness and desperation" that they made such a "ridiculous demand".

(Page News Service) 

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