Manipur Congress seeks President’s appointment over disqualification of 12 MLAs

The Congress MLAs led by former chief minister of Manipur and CLP leader O Ibobi Singh and MPCC president Govindas Konthoujam are in Delhi presently.


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The Congress party has sought an urgent appointment with the President of India on the issue of the disqualification of 12 MLAs, who were appointed as parliamentary secretaries in Manipur.

According to sources, the Rashtrapati Bhavan officially received the appointment sought by the Congress on Thursday.

All Congress MLAs from Manipur, 12 Congress MPs, All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of Manipur Bhakta Charan Das signed the representation to the President.

The representation highlighted the Supreme Court order giving four weeks' outer limit to decide all pending disqualification matters.

It also pointed out that there has been no response to the petition by the Congress seeking the disqualification of the 12 MLAs on the grounds of office of profit under Article 191 and 192 of the Constitution of India to the governor since October 2020.

The Congress MLAs also sought an urgent appointment with the governor of Manipur on the same issue but there has been no reply to the appointment from Raj Bhavan, the sources said.

The Congress MLAs led by former chief minister of Manipur and CLP leader O Ibobi Singh and Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Govindas Konthoujam are in Delhi presently.

The sources further said that the Congress team is having detailed legal and constitutional discussion on the issue with AICC legal team comprising senior advocates Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Vivek Tankha and Narinder Hooda.

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First Published:March 11, 2021, 10:16 p.m.

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