Imphal, Aug. 27:
The Manipur Assembly session to be held on August 29 has generated controversy as it goes against the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of Manipur Legislative Assembly. It is unfortunate that only one sitting has been called at this crucial time. This was expressed by Okram Joy, a seasoned politician and former Law Minister, during a press conference held at his residence in Kakwa.
Initially, the August 29 session was scheduled to take place on August 21 according to a decision made by the State cabinet. However, the Governor changed the session to a different date, which is considered unethical. According to the Constitution of India, an assembly session must be convened every six months, with the next session falling on September 2. The August 29 session was specifically called to safeguard the Chief Minister’s position, rather than being in the best interest of the people of the state, as stated by O Joy.
He further described the August 29 session as a stain on the history of Manipur politics and Indian Parliamentary Democracy. Its purpose is to suppress the Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) and the people of the state. During the recently concluded Parliament session, MPs from Manipur were not allowed to address the situation in Manipur, despite the state facing severe challenges. This situation resembles the silencing of MPs, and it seems that their voices have also been stifled, remarked the veteran politician. This act of silencing MPs by the BJP-led government has now extended to the Manipur Legislative Assembly. In the August 29 session, the MLAs will be unable to express their views on the current state of affairs in the state, he added.