Tripura: IPFT MLA disqualified for not following resignation norms
File image of MLA Brishaketu Debbarma

Agartala: Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) president and revenue minister NC Debbarma has written to Speaker Rebati Mohan Das to disqualify MLA Brishaketu Debbarma from the Tripura Legislative Assembly. If that happens, Debbarma may not be able to contest the elections again, as per rules.

Brishaketu Debbarma, a sitting MLA of IPFT, an ally of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state, had submitted his resignation letter to the Speaker on June 29 on personal grounds.

The Speaker has sent a notice to Brishketu Debbarma in this regard. Meanwhile, Debbarma was admitted to the hospital on Friday due to some illness.

On June 29, MLA Brishketu Debbarma sent his resignation letter to the Speaker of the Tripura Legislative Assembly through a messenger. The resignation letter was not sent as per the rules, so the Speaker did not accept it. According to the rules of the assembly, the date, time and place must be mentioned correctly in the resignation letter.

Moreover, without proper reason for the resignation and the fact for which the step is being taken, the Speaker may not accept the resignation, as per rules. However, as an initial mistake, Debbarma also did not physically submit his resignation letter.

Meanwhile, IPFT president NC Debbarma wrote in his letter to the Speaker informing that MLA Debbarma’s act was against the party. Therefore, his MLA post should be canceled permanently, he wrote.

MLA Debbarma then rushed to the Speaker and physically submitted his resignation letter. However, he requested to accept his application as per his resignation letter dated June 29. According to the rules of the assembly, it is not possible to do that in either way.

The date of submission of resignation letter in person is generally considered. There is no provision for consideration of application on an earlier date. However, sometimes a petition for permanent dismissal is submitted to the Legislative Assembly. As a result, Debbarma has been asked to submit a statement on the permanent cancellation of the MLA post.

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According to the rules of the Tripura Legislative Assembly, the court may not be able to intervene in the Speaker’s move. As a result, saving the MLA post has become Brishaketu Debbarma’s main goal.

According to the rules, if the Speaker is not satisfied with his statement and cancels the MLA post permanently, Brishaketu Debbarma will never be able to contest in the election.

If the MLA post is canceled, he will not be able to challenge that decision in the court because, in this case, only the governor has the authority to make all the decisions.

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