NPF Now Opposition-less: Nagaland Deputy CM Y Patton

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Haidobabe Hingleu, Nagaland

While speaking at the Assembly session on Thursday, Deputy CM Y Patton said that Naga People’s Front (NPF) is “now” opposition-less. He remarked legislators from the opposition bench urged Patton, who is the minister in charge of Roads and Bridges, to conduct a field inspection of the projects undertaken by the NHIDCL.

Ahead of Patton’s remark, opposition MLA Yitachu, who raised a starred question on the construction of the Akash bridge to Kanjang via Lephory road, alleged that the state government had furnished “wrong figures” of the work in its response. He said that the government should not furnish reports which are not based on what is happening on the ground and suggested that the minister in charge should visit the site and that he would be available to join the inspection if allowed.

Leader of Opposition TR Zeliang raised concern about the construction of works undertaken by the NHIDCL along with the highway projects in Kohima and Dimapur. Stating that the progress of works must be verified by the state government.

In response, Patton said that directions have been given to the department concerned to display signboards containing the names of contractors and engineers initiating the road constructions across the state with the hope to ignite more seriousness in executing the works. Patton added that if the legislators of the NPF, who “are also opposition-less now”, are willing, a verification of the works can be conducted by visiting the areas concerned.

Meanwhile, as reported earlier, Zeliang had said that until all formalities for an opposition-less government are completed, NPF members will continue to maintain a status quo with him as the Leader of Opposition.

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