Manipur HC Raps Speaker for Not Disqualifying Congress MLA Who Defected to BJP
By Thewire 27-Jul-2019
On July 23, Justice Kh. Nobin Singh disposed two petitions filed by Congress MLAs T.N. Haokip and Md. Fajur Rahim against the turncoat minister, the speaker and the assembly secretary, citing jurisdiction issue. But it made a lengthy observation about the “inaction and indecision” of the speaker – BJP MLA from Singjamei constituency Yumnam Khemchand Singh – in the matter.
Shyamkumar is the minister for municipality and administration, housing and urban development (MAHUD), town planning, forest and environment, horticulture and soil conservation.
“It may not be appropriate for this court to pass any order for the time being, as regards the inaction or indecision on the part of the Speaker to take a decision and moreover, the judicial discipline and propriety demand that High Court shall refrain from issuing a writ petition of quo warrant to declaring the public office of the minister being held by the minister as illegal.”
Shyamkumar Singh won the Andro seat in the 2017 assembly elections. Though Congress was the single largest party with 28 seats, it fell three seats short of the required number to achieve simple majority in the 60-member assembly. The BJP, with 21 seats, stitched up an alliance with the Naga People’s Front (NPF), the Nationalist People’s Party (NPP) and the Lok Janashakti Party (LJP), thus taking its tally to 30 seats. This was still one short of the majority mark. Shyamkumar Singh’s defection to the BJP thus helped the party form a coalition government.
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