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Imphal: Congress has sought an urgent appointment with President Ram Nath Kovind over the issue of disqualification of 12 ruling BJP MLAs in Manipur in the alleged 2018 ‘office of profit’ case.

The Manipur Congress, under the leadership of former chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, has been demanding the disqualification of 12 ruling MLAs who were appointed as parliamentary secretaries by the BJP-led government in 2017.

The All-India Congress Committee (AICC), in a representation to the President on Wednesday, stated that a petition seeking disqualification of 12 Members of the Legislative Assembly of Manipur was preferred before the Governor of Manipur. The Governor sought the opinion of the Election Commission. “It has come to our knowledge that the Election Commission of India has already tendered its opinion concerning the same,” said AICC.

However, it further stated that the Governor is yet to tender her opinion on the subject matter. And the same appears to have been pending since October 2020.

The disqualification issue must be taken up and decided with utmost urgency, it added.

Also read: BJP ‘distorting’ democracy, running ‘unconstitutional’ govt in Manipur: Cong

According to Congress spokesperson Ningombam Bupenda Meitei, all the Congress MLAs from Manipur, 12 members of Parliament from Congress, AICC in-charge of Manipur Bhakta Charan Das, ex-MP signed a representation seeking a meeting with the President.

The Congress MLAs also sought an urgent appointment with Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla on the issue. But there has been no reply to the appointment from Raj Bhavan, he added.

The Congress has also roped in the AICC’s legal team, including senior advocates Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Vivek Tankha and Narinder Hooda, for a detailed legal and constitutional discussion on the matter, it said.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Manipur Congress MLAs, including CLP leader Ibobi Singh and Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee president Govindas Konthoujan, has been camping in New Delhi to raise the issue to the Central leaders.

Earlier, as per reports, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi had also demanded the disqualification of 12 BJP legislators from Manipur. He also alleged that Governor Heptulla had failed to take the requisite action despite clear instructions of the Election Commission of India.

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