Mnp Congress reignites demand for disqualification of parl secretaries

Correspondent IMPHAL, Feb 9 | Publish Date: 2/9/2021 12:28:53 PM IST

Opposition Congress in Manipur continued its rally to demand disqualification of the 12 MLAs who were appointed as the parliamentary secretaries by the BJP government.

The party commenced its campaign for the disqualification of the 12 MLAs from Monday with a rally in Mayang Imphal in Imphal West district.

On Tuesday, the second day of the campaign, a similar rally was carried out at Naoriya Pakhanglakpa of the same district. Hundreds of Congress workers and supporters marched on the streets after a mass sit-in-protest.

The protest was organised by Naoriya Pakhanglakpa Block Congress Committee. They displayed various placards that read “Honour rule of law”, “Honour court’s judgement”, “BJP should stop destroying constitution”, “Save constitution save democracy”, etc. during the protest.

In September 2020, the High Court of Manipur pronounced the Manipur Parliamentary Secretary (Appointment, Salary and Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2012 and the Manipur Parliamentary (Appointment, Salary and Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Repealing Act, 2018 invalid and unconstitutional.

A division bench of the HC delivered the judgment in response to the petitions filed by four persons including two Congress MLAs in 2018 challenging the appointment of parliamentary secretaries at the same time quashing the Act. 

The HC passed the order based on the ruling of the Supreme Court in the case of Bimolangshu Roy versus the state of Assam.

Following the judgment of the court, opposition Congress has been demanding disqualification of the 12 MLAs who were appointed as parliamentary secretaries. The party had even sought intervention of the state Governor in this regard.

Taking part in the protest, MPCC secretary Dr S Manaoton said that the protest will continue until the 12 MLAs are disqualified.

He alleged that even after judgement of the court, the concerned authorities,including Election Commission of India, has not taken up disqualifying the 12 MLAs of the ruling parties.

He said that after the passing of the judgment, Congress party has approached the state legislative Assembly and state Governor to take up the needful steps to disqualify the MLAs. 

After failure on the part of the authorities, the party had even knocked on the door of ECI. However, no action is taken up so far from the ECI side, he said.

The secretary added that the BJP-led Manipur government has been proven to have committed illegal and unconstitutional acts by appointing the 12 MLAs as parliamentary secretaries. 

The 12 ruling MLAs were appointed by Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh in 2017, it reminded.

The judgement of the high court vindicated the illegality and unconstitutionality done by the BJP-led government in the state”, he said.

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