Mnp HC declares elected BJP candidate as MLA

Mnp HC declares elected BJP candidate as MLA
M Rameshwar of BJP taking oath as member of Manipur Assembly on Monday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, NOV 9 | Publish Date: 11/9/2020 12:42:55 PM IST

 The strength of the BJP leading a coalition government in Manipur in the 60-seat state Assembly has increased to 20 as a party candidate in 2017 general elections to the state Assembly was sworn-in as member of the house on Monday.

In a landmark judgment, the High Court of Manipur, on November 5, declared election of Y Surchandra who won in the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly 2017 from Kakching Assembly Constituency on Congress null and void. 

While declaring the election of the already disqualified Congress MLA as null and void, the court declared Mayanglambam Rameshwar Singh who contested the election on BJP ticket and ended with runner-up as elected member of the constituency.

Rameshwar Singh of the BJP was sworn in as a member of the state Assembly. Speaker Y Khemchand administered the oath to the new member of the house in a simple ceremony held at the state Assembly on Monday.

With the induction of Rameshwar as a member of the house, the strength of the BJP in the 60-seat Manipur Legislative Assembly has increased to 20.

In the 2017 election, the BJP secured 21 seats. However, after three of its legislators resigned in June this year during Congress bid to topple the BJP-led coalition government, the strength of the party was reduced to 18.

Recently, the strength was increased to 19 after a party candidate in the November 7 by-poll was declared elected unopposed after his lone rival independent candidate withdrew his nomination paper.

State chief minister N Biren Singh who took part in the oath taking ceremony of the new member of the house said that his government welcomed the verdict of high court electing Rameshwar as the MLA of Kakching Assembly constituency by declaring Y Surchandra’s election as null and void. 

Talking to the media on the sideline of the swearing-in ceremony, Singh said that in a democracy, legislature, judiciary and executive have separate functions and powers. 

“In the election petition case filed by Rameshwar as well, the judiciary has rightly exercised its own power, and the government respects it,” he said.

Responding to a query, the chief minister expressed confidence that his party would register a big victory in the by-polls held for Assembly segments on November 7, which the counting will be held on Tuesday. 

“All these new political developments would strengthen the stability of the present government,” he said. 

The chief minister also appreciated the people of the state for their unstinting support to the government.

On another query about the bandh called by some organizations regarding the selection of site for the construction of tribal freedom fighters’ museum, the chief minister clarified that it was a Central government funded project and it was not specifically mentioned in the project details to name the museum after Rani Gaidinliu or construct it in her native village. 

However, the state government has no problem to name the museum after her or construct in her native village if the people want it and the Central government permits the same. 

Mention may be made that some CSOs based in Tamenglong district were giving a bandh-call in protest against the construction of the proposed museum in Senapati district.

He informed that the state government was communicating with the Central government on the matter. At the same time, he has invited the concerned organizations for talks so that the bandh is suspended at the earliest.


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