Manipur CM N Biren Singh Credit: EastMojo image

Imphal: Congress MLA K Meghachandra has served a notice of motion to the Manipur assembly secretary for removal of Speaker Yumnam Khemchand Singh under Article 179 (e) of the Constitution of India on Thursday.

The notice, which has the signature of 11 other MLAs, including senior Congress leader and three-time chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, National People’s Party (NPP) leader and former deputy chief minister in the BJP-led government Y Joykumar Singh, among others, said, “This motion for removal of the speaker of the Manipur, legislative assembly is necessitated for the removal that the Hon’ble speaker has conducted himself in a manner unbecoming of the position held by him and his actions are not only unconstitutional but also illegal, which is in reference to the matter of disqualification of the seven Congress legislators, who have been barred by Manipur high court on June 8 from entering the state legislative assembly house until the disqualification case pending in the speaker’s tribunal is disposed of finally. These seven MLAs who had won Congress ticket had defected to BJP soon after the 2017 assembly election.”

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Congress MLA K Meghachandra in the notice served to the secretary of the state assembly further stated, “The next date for proceedings on the decision of the honorable speaker regarding the disqualification of 7 members of the legislative assembly, belonging to the Congress Party, was to be taken on June 22 as fixed by the speaker himself. However, by his communication released in the social media to the hon’ble members of the Manipur legislative assembly at 11pm on June 17, the decision regarding the disqualification of the aforementioned members is preponed without reasonable explanation to June 18. Thereby, the honourable speaker has conducted himself in an authoritarian manner which is opposed to the well-established practice and procedure of the house rooted in democratic principle. Therefore, please accept this notice for the removal of the speaker of the Manipur legislative assembly and the motion for leave to move the resolution for removal of the speaker may kindly be entered in the list of business in the name of the undersigned.”

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Meanwhile, commenting on the development, Ningombam Bupenda Meitei, Congress spokesperson in Manipur, on Twitter said, “This notice will further strengthen the formation of the new Congress-led coalition government in Manipur.”

With the assured support of 36 legislators in the 60-member Manipur Legislative Assembly, a high-level delegation of the Congress party is likely to meet the state governor soon to stake its claim to form the next government in the state.

Earlier, four NPP members and two independent MLAs had officially announced their support to Congress party and three BJP MLAs had joined the Congress on Wednesday.

With the support of NPP and independent MLAs, Congress, now, has the majority in House with 36 MLAs, sources said.

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