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Govt’s reply to Governor’s letter was misleading: NPCC

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Dimapur, July 6: The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has expressed surprise, at what it alleged, was the misleading statement issued by the State Government on the charges of Governor RN Ravi with regard to the perilous law and order situation and his caution to enforce Article 371 A (1) (b) of the Constitution of India.
“It is a well known fact that the contents in the Constitution’s Article 371 A (1) has four different clauses from (a) to (d) with which the State of Nagaland was created in 1963 and has been functional since then.
Whereas, it is the four provisions of Article 371 A (1) (a) that grants special rights to the Nagas to do away the Acts of the Parliament with a mere resolution in the State Assembly, which has been the precedence from time to time.
“However, the rest of the clauses, including Article 371 A (1) (b) is regarding special responsibility given to the Governor of Nagaland with regard to law and order in the State,” said NPCC working president Khriedi Theünuo in a press release.
The NPCC maintained that the special responsibility as enshrined in the Constitution can only be done away with only after the President of India is satisfied that it is no longer necessary for the Governor to have special responsibility, and direct the Governor to cease such responsibility.
In the present context, the NPCC opined that the passing of a mere resolution in the Assembly on December 17, 2013 to do away the special responsibility granted to the Governor is unjustified, because neither has there any amendment nor rectification made by the Parliament concerning the provisions of Article 371 A (1) (b).
NPCC asked the State Government to put the record straight and if at all it wishes to do away with the powers of the Governor on law and order situation, to do it procedural, lest the State of Nagaland might face Constitutional crisis. (Page News Service)