NPF criticized PDA Government for flouting rules in appointing State Vigilance Commissioner, demanding revocation of appointment

KOHIMA, Jun 2 (NEPS): Opposition NPF has come down heavily on the ruling PDA Government for flouting the established rules in appointing Commissioner of the State Vigilance Commission (SVC).

Addressing a press conference here at the NPF Central Office on Saturday, NPF Party Spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon questioned the manner in which the ruling PDA Government had appointed Mayang Lima, former State Magistrate, as Commissioner of SVC.

Lima contested in the last Nagaland Assembly Elections from 22 Arkakong Assembly Constituency in NDPP ticket but lost.

He said SVC is a Statutory Body and appointment of its Commissioner should be done with the consultation of the Leader of Opposition in the State. The Opposition NPF has 26 MLAs in the House of 60 and without consulting their leader, the PDA Government had just recommended Lima’s name to be appointed as Commissioner of SVC. “We are surprised as to how the State Governor could appoint him as Commissioner of SVC in spite of knowing that his appointment was not consulted with the Leader of Opposition in the State,” he stated.

By appointing the Commissioner of SVC without consulting the Leader of Opposition in the State, the PDA Government had annihilated the “fundamental democracy” in the State besides flouting the established rules. Therefore, the NPF had demanded to revoke the appointment of the Commissioner of the SVC, he stated.

Accepting the defeat in the just-concluded Lok Sabha by-election in the State, the NPF Spokesperson said they were down but not out. He even recalled about the Speaker’s election where the Opposition NPF legislators did not give up the fight and this clearly showed that the Opposition was firm and strong.

Kikon said that though they were in Opposition, they would continue to fight for the solution of the Naga political issue and would always fight for it inside out outside the Assembly.

He also said the NPF objected to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 saying that once it was passed, the Nagas would become victims. He further explained that Nagaland and the other North Eastern States were highly infested by illegal immigrants particularly from Bangladesh and regularization of them would become a direct threat to the survival of indigenous people, identity, culture and their lands.

Stating that Nagaland was highly vulnerable once this Bill was passed, Kikon expressed surprise on the State Government complete silence on this dangerous issue.

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