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Stripped of post by SC, Mnp MLA tenders resignation

Stripped of post by SC, Mnp MLA tenders resignation
Th Shyamkumar (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Mar 26 | Publish Date: 3/26/2020 12:36:42 PM IST

Well ahead of pronouncement of final verdict of the Speaker on disqualification case pending against him, MLA Th Shyamkumar submitted his resignation paper from the membership of Manipur Legislative Assembly on Thursday.

Earlier, awaiting final verdict of the Speaker tribunal on the long pending disqualification cases against Shyamkumar, Supreme Court had already stripped him of his cabinet minister berth and banned him from entering the Assembly with immediate effect.

The interim order of the Supreme Court was passed on March 18 while fixing to take up the case again on March 30 in the backdrop of Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly fixing the date for pronouncement of the final verdict of the long pending disqualification cases by March 28.

Shyamkumar has been facing a disqualification case under the anti-defection law after he extended support to the BJP-led coalition government even though he was elected on Congress ticket. He defected to BJP in the run up to the formation of a new government in the state after the general elections to Manipur Assembly in the early part of 2017.

His defection came when no party secured magic number to form the next government. Even though Congress emerged as single largest party with 28 in the 60-seat state Assembly, BJP having secured only 21 seats formed a coalition government with the supports of smaller parties with N Biren Singh as chief minister.

Shyamkumar was inducted as cabinet minister and allotted forest and environment, horticulture and soil conservation and MAHUD portfolios.

Congress MLAs had petitioned the Speaker for disqualification of the MLA under Anti-defection law since then.  As the Speaker failed to take up the case for a long time, the two Congress MLAs knocked at the door of the Supreme Court. Earlier, the High Court of Manipur where the two MLAs fielded petitions refrained from passing an order citing that it was not in the jurisdiction of the court. Ahead of pronouncement of the final judgment of the facing disqualification cases against him, Shyamkumar submitted his resignation paper to the Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly today.

“…………I am willing to resign from the Membership of 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly in respect of 7-Andro A/C with immediate effect,i, e today the 26th March 2020,” the MLA wrote the Speaker.

 

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