Kohima, Mar 31(UNI) The Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) has recommended the Nagaland Governor to summon the Assembly on April 4 to educate the legislators and the public on the Office of Profit issue.
Official sources said the recommendation has already been conveyed to Governor Shyamal Datta.
Making the stand of the government clear on the issue of Office of Profit and Nagaland State Legislative Members (Removal of Disqualification) Act 1964 which says the offices of the Parliamentary Secretaries, Chairman of any Committee, Board of Authority appointed by the government or any office under the government, which is not a full-time office and not remunerated by salary or fees, has been exempted from disqualification under Article 191 of Indian Constitution.
The decision came after the Opposition Congress Legislature party of NLA, in a representation to the Governor, demanded his intervention to disqualify Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio for holding the posts of the state Chairman of Sports Council and the state Bamboo Mission Chairman .
The representation was signed by all the 16 Congress members of NLA.
Following the allegation of the Congress against the Chief Minister, the ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN), in a petition to state Governor demanded disqualification of the Opposition leader I Imkong for holding 'the office of the leader of Opposition' which is an 'office of profit.' The petition was signed by nine legislators of DAN alliance- the Nagaland People's Front(NPF). The BJP JD(U) and independents was submitted to Governor yesterday.
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