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NPCC accuses NDPP-BJP Govt. of violating constitutional principles

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“Oversight of law by NDPP-BJP is very disgraceful”

Dimapur, March 10: The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has accused the newly formed NDPP-BJP Government of violating the Constitutional principles of the separation of powers between the legislature, judiciary and executive, which is the basic structure of the Constitution of India.
“While the people gave mandate to 37 of the NDPP-BJP aspirants in the recently concluded state general elections, it is astonishing to note that the pre-poll partners were in a rush to appoint Advisors for different government departments,” it said.
According to NPCC, as per norms, the 37 are only MLAs Elect and without taking the oath of office or affirmation as an MLA inside the Assembly and in front of the Speaker or Pro-tem Speaker, they are not full-fledged MLAs of the 14th Nagaland Legislative Assembly.
“Nonetheless, the NDPP-BJP government in clear violation of the constitutional principles of the separation of powers between the legislature, judiciary and executive which is the basic structure of the Constitution of India, has given the executive powers as Advisors to the 24 of them,” it said.
The NPCC also expressed surprise that the NDPP-BJP Government has appointed Mhathung Yanthan as the Pro-tem Speaker to administer oath of office and affirmation to the newly elected members of the 14th Nagaland Legislative Assembly.
This, it said, is also in contravention to the laid down norms as Mhathung Yanthan has already been given the executive powers as an Advisor along with 23 other members of NDPP-BJP Government on March 9 while he took oath as the Pro-tem Speaker only on March 10.
“Moreover, the clause quoted by the NDPP-BJP government for appointment of the pro-tem speaker under “Clause 9(1) of Article 180 of the Constitution of India” does not exist. Such oversight of law by NDPP-BJP is very disgraceful and unacceptable,” it stated.
The NPCC sought the immediate intervention of the Governor of Nagaland in setting the record straight by nullifying the appointment of Advisors and Pro-tem Speaker thereby upholding the rule of law.
(Page News Service)

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