Assembly session starts today; Rio to prove majority

Assembly session starts today; Rio to prove majority

Vikho-o & Imtiwapang in contest for Speaker

Kohima, March 12: The crucial first session of the newly mandated 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) will commence from Tuesday here.
The first session is crucial as the new leader of the House and Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio will have to prove his majority besides the election of NLA Speaker and also passing of the budget for the fiscal 2018-19.
Appointing Rio as the new chief minister on March 6 last, the Governor PB Acharya had asked him to prove his majority in the floor of the House on or before March 16.
The State Assembly election was held on February 27 last while results were out on March 3.
According to a provisional programme made available to the media by NLA Commissioner and Secretary, N Benjamin Newmai the 14-day long session, with eight days recess in between, will witness administering of oath to the newly elected members.
Election the new speaker for the 13th House will also be held on the first day.
The first tussle between the treasury and opposition benchers have started with both sides filing nomination for the post of speaker.
The Treasury bench People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) comprising of 34 members of NDPP, BJP, JD(U), NPP and Independent has nominated third-time MLA Vikho-o Yhoshu as the Speaker while opposition bench NPF with 26 members has fielded former speaker Dr Imtiwapang Aier.
On the expiry of nomination today at 12 Noon, there were only two nominations, however, the time for withdrawal which was earlier fixed for 1 pm was extended till midnight tonight by the Speaker (Protem) Mmhonlumo Kikon, sources informed.
Another interesting happening after the election of speaker for the day will be the Trust Vote, where newly appointed Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio will have to prove his majority in the House.
After tomorrow, the Assembly will have a long break till March 21 and on resumption for presentation and passage of budget on March 22, Governor P B Acharya will deliver his customary address to the new House.
Besides laying of reports and rules, report of the Comptroller Auditor General report concerning various government departments will also be laid in the House. (Page News Service)