Did not turn down holding of JLF meeting: NPF

DIMAPUR, AUGUST 14 (MExN): Spokesperson of the NPF Legislature Party, Imkong L Imchen issued a response to the State Planning Minister, Neiba Kronu with regard to the opposition’s decision to boycott the NLA session held on August 13. 

In a press release, Imchen stated that his letter to the NLA Speaker on August 12 highlighted in detail about the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting held on July 20 and its subsequent decision to convene a one-day session. It also underlined what transpired thereafter and how the NPF Legislature Party was compelled to boycott the one-day Session scheduled for August 13. 

The NPF legislature party spokesperson said that the Planning Minister “is either ignorant of the ongoing affairs in the State or has concealed intention that may not be in good taste.”

The proposal for holding JLF Meeting was never turned down as alleged by the Minister, Imchen stated. “His interpretation of the matter in question is ambiguous, one-sided and not in sync with the occurrences in reality,” he said. 

He informed that on July 23, the NLA Speaker had written to the Leader of Opposition proposing a JLF Meeting in the afternoon of July 30 after the scheduled business of the Assembly is finalized. The next day on July 24, the Leader of Opposition responded that "coinciding the meeting of JLF on Naga Political issue with the one-day Session of the 13th NLA to be held on July 30 is not recommended since the day will be too hectic and whereas, the Naga Political issue requires a comprehensive deliberation with a persevering approach." 

In the letter, the Leader of Opposition suggested that the JLF Meeting "may be convened on a different date as deemed convenient." The same was accepted and accordingly a reply was reverted back the same day thanking the Leader of Opposition for the "prompt reply," Imchen said. 

He therefore asked the Planning Minister to “update himself on the prevailing state of affairs before going to the media with half-baked stories.”