Imphal, Sept 29: Tribunal of the Manipur Legislative Assembly Speaker has quashed the petition filed for disqualification of 5 MSCP MLAs who had merged to the Indian National Congress in 2014.
The then Vice president of the Manipur State Congress Party Adim Panmei who had recently joined the BJP had filed a petition to the speaker tribunal for disqualification of the 5 MSCP MLAs who had merged in the Indian National Congress under the tenth Scheduled of the Indian Constitution.
Sagolband MLA, RK Imo Singh; Wangjing Tentha MLA, Paonam Brojen; Kangpokpi MLA Nemcha Kipgen; Tamenglong MLA Janghemlung Panmei, and Keirao MLA, Karam Thamarjit who got elected in the tenth Manipur Legislative Assembly election as Manipur State Congress Party (MSCP) MLAs along with some of the office bearers merged with the Congress Party on April 14, 2014.
Following their merger, Vice President of the MSCP Adim Panmei filed a petition to the tribunal of the Manipur Legislative Assembly Sepeaker’s Tribunal pleading disqualification of the 5 MLAs on the ground that the MLAs had violated the provision provided under the 10th Scheduled of the Indian Constitution.
In its Ruling, the speaker’s tribunal, deliberated the merit of the case and finally c0me to the conclusion that the disqualification case filed against the five MSCP MLAs be dismissed for lack of merit.
Interestingly, the petitioner Adim Panmei himself is no longer a member of the MSCP as he himself had joined the BJP in February 16, 2015.
The speaker’s tribunal verdicts stated that – the petitioner had failed to prove and substantiate his case. The tribunal also stated that merger of the MSCP with INC has satisfied the requirement of the para 4 of the Tenth Scheduled to the Constitution of India and there is no infirmity or illegality in the merger.