Ahead of the special emergency state assembly session held on July 15, this paper had suggested the government that the withdrawal of the controversial Manipur Regulations on Visitors, Tenants and Migrant Worker (MRVT & MW) Bill, 2015 which was introduced in the same house will not help in cooling the anger of the people unless another bill desire by the people is introduced. Introduction of a bill needs times as it requires consultations with various legal experts and constitutional experts, but the situation which compelled the government to hold another special sitting of the state assembly is different. Manipur was already in the flames of anger. A student of class XI was killed in police action and several dozens injured during the protest spearheaded by the JCILPS. Members of the JCILPS are no fools and they do understand that the government will definitely take some time in preparing another bill that the people are expecting. But following the government directives and “yes” to the chief minister at this hour is like jumping in the well. Besides, there is some justification to the side of the JCILPS to their decision to abstain from meeting with the government as they had met several times before the preparation of the controversial bill which was passed and finally withdrawn by the government themselves. It was indeed a mistake to the side of the government for letting the fire spreading more.
May be the reason for not introducing a bill is because the government is not sure whether the bill that was reserved for consideration of president will be accepted for withdrawal or not. Chief Minister had rightly stated two examples at which the government of West Bengal had withdrawn two bills in the similar case. But the leader of the house had definitely forgotten that the two bills – Unani Medical College and hospital (taking over and subsequent Acquisition) Bill, 2009 and the Daridra Bandhav Bhandar (Taking over of management & Subsequent Acquisition) Bill 2009, were passed by the then CPI(M) government and was withdrawn by the Trinamool Congress Government.
The Constitution of India do not have any provision on whether a bill which is awaiting consent of the president of India can be withdrawn or not, but it remain as a convention that a bill supported and passed by a house need not to be again pull off by the same house with the same ruling party. This is a government where nothing can go wrong in the official proceeding but where rooms are given for opposition to oppose at any of the proceeding provided that they gave proper reason.
Withdrawing of bill has proved that the government under the leadership of Okram Ibobi Singh is not competent enough to run the government.