Manipur Speaker dismisses objection pleas of seven Congress 'defectors'

Newmai News Network
 Imphal | June 6

Uncertainty prevailed on the fates of seven MLAs in Manipur after their objection pleas were dismissed by the Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly on Saturday. The seven MLAs got elected from Congress ticket but defected to BJP after the 2017 assembly election of Manipur.

The seven MLAs - Oinam Lukhoi, Ksh Biren, Paonam Brojen, Sanasam Bira, Ngamthang Haokip, Ginsuanhau Zou and Yengkhom Surchandra – submitted their miscellaneous objection plea, to reject disqualification cases against them, to the tribunal of the Speaker on Saturday.

The pleas were dismissed by the Speaker’s tribunal on the ground that the applications filed by them did not have any merit.
The seven MLAs who won the elections on Congress tickets in the assembly elections in 2017 but joined the BJP publicly without resigning from their MLAship are facing disqualification cases. As many as 15 applications seeking disqualification of the MLAs from being members of the state Assembly are pending in the court of the Speaker since the middle part of 2018.

Failure on the part of the Speaker’s tribunal to take a final decision to the cases, the petitioners had gone to the High Court of Manipur. The court had already listed the hearing on coming June 10. 

Apart from this, after hearing the miscellaneous petition cases filed against the seven defected MLAs seeking to restrain them from entering the Assembly complex during Rajya Sabha election scheduled on June 19, the High Court of Manipur has reserved its judgment. While reserving the judgment, the single bench of Justice Kh Nobin  fixed the date for disposal of the cases on June 8.