Minister Shyamkumar resigns from Assembly

Imphal: Manipur Forest Minister Th. Shyamkumar Singh tendered his resignation from the membership of Manipur Legislative Assembly on Thursday.

In his resignation letter submitted to the Speaker, Manipur Legislative Assembly expressed his willingness to resign with immediate effect from March 26.

The Supreme Court in an order on March 18 removed him from the ministership and also banned him from entering the Assembly.

Shyamkumar was an elected MLA from Andro assembly constituency on Congress ticket but later joined the BJP government and became a minister. The plea of his disqualification is still pending with the Speaker. The Supreme Court had on January 21 taken note of inordinate delays in deciding 13 pleas for disqualification of lawmakers pending since April 2017 and had asked the Manipur Assembly Speaker to decide within four weeks the plea of a Congress leader seeking disqualification of Shyamkumar.

The polls for 60 seats of the Manipur Legislative Assembly were conducted in March 2017 in which Congress Party emerged as the single largest party with 28 seats and BJP won 21 seats. But BJP aligned with National People’s Party (NPP) and form a Government. Shyamkumar, a Congress MLA, switched side and became a minister.

The Congress filed an application of disqualification against him but Speaker did not take any action, later the writ petition was filed. Shyamkumar had also been expelled from the Congress for 6 years after he shifted to BJP.

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