BJP defends ‘shortest speech’ by Governor

BJP defends ‘shortest speech’ by Governor
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Kohima, February 12: BJP Nagaland has defended the shortest speech ever delivered by a Governor in the Nagaland Assembly, terming it as “memorable and historical speech”.
State BJP president and Minister for Higher & Technical Education and Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along defended Governor R N Ravi’s address to the State Assembly in the ongoing Assembly session. Taking part in the Motion of Thanks to Governor’s address, he said the speech was memorable and historical as it contained substance highlighting the achievements and programme of the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) Government.
Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) has said that the speech of the Governor reflected poor governance in the State and that there were no achievements and programme for the people. But the saffron president Along rebutted the Opposition’s claim and said they are prepared to present a voluminous speech in the next sessions.
Former Minister and NPF lawmaker, Imkong L Imchen said the shortest address by the Governor was the sign of empty rhetoric and nothing to tell to the people. He said the Governor’s speech copy is a document which reflects the Government.
Another former Minister, Vikheho Swu also said the Governor’s speech lacked vision.
But Along term Ravi’s speech as “soup of the soups” for the people.
For the first time in the history of Nagaland State, the Governor also did not address the Republic Day – the day when Governor highlights achievements and programmes of the Government.
Minister Along had also defended his Deputy Chief Minister and BLP leader, Y Patton on his alleged statement about Nagaland Public Service Commission (NPSC). He said the speech was twisted and misinterpreted by some people.
Meanwhile so far the Assembly expunged “beat around the bush” uttered by former Minister, Kuzholuzo Nienu against Patton, but the statement “freedom fighters” for Naga underground groups by Minister for Mechanical Department, Tongpang Ozukum was not expunged. This time, so far, the Assembly also had few starred and unstarred questions from the opposition members.
(Page News Service)