The maxim—opposition must have its say and the treasury must have its way —stands absolute in favour of the opposition, said Speaker Sharingain Longkumer
Kohima: The week-long session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly which began on January 17 was adjourned sine die on Saturday by the Speaker of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) Sharingain Longkumer, after all business of the House was conducted.
Sharingain Longkumer, who was the then deputy speaker and speaker in-charge, was elected as the Speaker on the second day of the Assembly on February 7, as the seat of the Speaker felt vacant following the demise of the then speaker Vikho-o Yhoshü in December last year.
Ahead of the adjournment of the budget session, Longkumer said that five important bills, including two finance bills, were passed in the fifth session of the 13th NLA. He added that two subjects for discussion were conducted under rule 24 and 50.
On the debate on the motion of thanks to the governor’s address held on February 7 and 10, Longkumer said that 3 hours and 45 minutes was allotted to opposition bench and 2 hours and 39 was given to the ruling bench.
He said that on the discussion on matters of public importance conducted under rule 50 on February 8, 1 hour and 17 minutes was allocated for the opposition bench and 1hour and 5 minutes was allotted to the treasury bench.
Longkumer added saying that the discussion on the budget speech included 10 members from opposition with a time allotment of 3 hours and 30 minutes and a time allocation of 1 hour and 50 minutes for the treasury bench.
“The maxim—opposition must have its say and the treasury must have its way in the interest of the people of our state and the democratic institution—stands absolute in favour of the opposition”, Longkumer reiterated.
The last day of the Assembly session began with obituary references to the passing away of former Members of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly, T. Tali, Imtilemba Sangtam and Thrinimong Sangtam, made by the Speaker. This was followed by question hour and other business items which included the concluding remarks made by the chief minister on the discussion of budget.
A cut motion on the discussion on the budget for the year 2020-21 was also held. With the withdrawal of the cut motion moved by the Opposition party, the budget for 2020-21 was put to vote, and was passed by the House.
Expressing his gratitude to all who contributed and participated in the successful conduct of the fifth session of the 13th NLA, Longkumer concluded that it was a “productive and constructive session”. He further adjourned the house sine die.