Every citizen wants a good governance. While saying so some who are taking main roles in the game of throne desperately attempted time and again to topple the existing government using means that would strike the bull’s eye is a natural phenomenon. The new government led by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had done many things which keep mum the opposition group who has been waiting for any chances to topple him. Source even reveals that some among from his own party will not let things slips off if he or she get a chance lead the government. It is at this hour that the leader needs to establish good advisory circle which will keep defending him from any attack by any individuals or group- either from the opposition political party or from among his group who has been waiting to dethrone him. This is democracy and such perception cannot be ruled out.
From the eyes of the political analyst who has been keenly watching the running of the new government led by N. Biren Singh - some sees trouble as they believe a probable constitutional crisis in the coming days. There is no doubt that in this short ten months period his government had done many appreciating works.
Social problem like fighting the menace of corruption, streamlining the government offices, buildings of good relations between various ethnic communities of the state and effort to directly contact with almost all citizens of the state to understand their grievances are some of the achievement which earlier government had never think of. But one think need to remind the chief minister is that everything that he wanted to do for the good of the citizens and the state need to be properly planned as a good service with good intention may have been an easy target for someone who wanted to dethrone him.
Now the as political analysts suggest, the greatest challenges of the present government are the issue of the MLAs who are alleged to hold the “Office of Profit”. Talking to reporters the Chief Minister had stated that the development that is being seen in Delhi Assembly regarding the disqualification of MLAs who had been given the post of Parliamentary Secretary have nothing to do when it comes to the state of Manipur. The speculation of the Chief Minister may have been from the perspective of those advising his government. He also stated that there is a legislation which legalised the appointment of Parliamentary secretary and Parliamentary secretary does not hold office of profit.
Well what those political advisors in the N. Biren Singh government failed to advice the Chief Minister is that - the verdict of the Supreme Court regarding the appointment of Parliamentary Secretary in regards to Delhi Legislative Assembly clearly stated that the provision for appointment of Parliamentary Secretary is unconstitutional, which meant that the legislation passed by any state government in any party of the country is void. Suppressing this ruling of the Supreme Court would amount to constitutional crisis.
These two issues - Parliamentary Secretary appointment and the joining of the Congress MLAs to BJP is a serious matter which is going to stand as a hindrance to the N. Biren Singh led Government. 12 plus 8 is a big number and - subtracting these MLAs from the N. Biren Singh Government would make his leadership a minority.
We have seen many good in the N. Biren Singh led government. But violation of the Constitution by acting against its provision by means of delaying the issue is not a sign of wise government.
Time to act when the people are having trust to the government.
“A stitch in time save nine”, the saying still has its implication even when it comes to the running of the government or implementation of any schemes. Parliamentary democracy runs successfully only after it follows the rules of law. Let’s make parliamentary democracy a success.
William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. A avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.