Minister ruffles opposition by speaking in Hindi, Urdu

Minister ruffles opposition by speaking in Hindi, Urdu

Kohima, March 24: Minister Temjen Imna Along today attracted the ire of the opposition bench after he spoke briefly in a mixture of Hindi and Urdu in the assembly.
Temjen Imna Along while paying respect to Padma Shri Award recipient and Hindi teacher M Piyongtemjen Jamir conveyed salutation to the Speaker, Chief Minister, Leader of Opposition and members of the 13th House in mixture of Hindi and Urdu.
This prompted the opposition MLA led by Imkong L Imchen and others to raise the ‘point of order’ citing that as per the Rules of Business of the State Assembly a member should address either in English or Nagamese and in case he/she is unable to speak both the languages, one’s own mother-tongue could be used, but a translated script of the address has to be provided to the House.
However, seeking permission to speak in Hindi for a minute from the Speaker, Along continued with his brief salutation.
After that he spoke in English, stating that the new Government will prioritise on repairing of roads and also improve the law and order situation. He appealed to the opposition bench not to judge the performance of the PDA Government as it has just taken over and wait for the changes to come.
Taking part in the motion of thanks to the Governor’s address, MLA, Mmhonlumo Kikon said the treasury bench join the opposition in condemning the atrocities committed upon the minority community, especially Christians in the country. He however refuted that such atrocities were committed by the BJP.
There is no proof that the atrocities were perpetrated by BJP, he said.
Kikon also lambasted the NPF saying that BJP was an alliance of NPF in the previous House while the former Chief Minister Zeliang had also called on the BJP central leaders several times, but never raised the issue of atrocities on Christians.
MLA K T Sukhalu asserted that NDPP led PDA Government is already bringing the changes, such as not holding the assembly session for 15 minute, unlike previous opposition-less Government this time there is a strong and experienced opposition bench.
He affirmed that PDA would provide good governance with transparency and bring about visible change within in next few months.
On the issue of deduction of a day salary for Chief Secretary’s Welfare Fund, Sukhalu informed that it is not the initiative of the new Government but was passed during the previous Government.
On the road sector, he urged the members of the House saying that both ruling and opposition members should join hands in engaging the local organizations of the respective areas so that the contractors are allowed to carry forward the road projects without being harassed by anti-social elements.
MLA Toshi Wontung assured the House the PDA has nothing to do with the Hindu fundamentalist and that the government would protect the faith, culture and tradition of the Nagas.
(Page News Service)