Biren welcomes High Court verdict; Rameshwar sworn-in as MLA

Imphal: Chief minister N. Biren Singh has said that his government welcomes the High Court of Manipur verdict of electing M. Rameshwar as the MLA of 37-Kakching Assembly Constituency by declaring Y. Surchandra’s election as null and void.

Biren was speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the swearing-in ceremony of M. Rameshwar at Manipur Legislative Assembly complex on Monday.

Speaker Y. Khemchand administered oath to M. Rameshwar in the presence of the chief minister, ministers, MPs and MLAs.

Biren said in a democracy, Legislature, Judiciary and Executive have separate functions and powers. In the election petition case filed by M. Rameshwar as well, the Judiciary has rightly exercised its own power, and the government respects it.

He expressed confidence that his party would register win in all the Assembly segments where by-elections were held on November 7. All these new political developments would strengthen stability of the present government, he said. The chief minister also appreciated the people of the state for their unstinting supporting to the government.

On the bandh called by some organizations regarding the selection of site for the construction of Tribal Freedom Fighters’ Museum, the Biren clarified that it is a central government funded project, and it is not specifically mentioned in the project details to name the museum after Rani Gaidinliu or construct it in her native village. However, the state government has no problem to name the museum after her or construct in her native village if the people want it and the central government permits the same. As such, the state government is communicating with the central government in this regard, the chief minister said.

He said the state government has invited the concerned organizations for talks so that the bandh is suspended at the earliest.

Rameshwar said his priority is to actualize and implement the vision of chief minister i.e. ‘Go to Village’, ‘Go to Hills’ and ‘School Fagathansi’ because these three missions were unheard of in any part of the country earlier. As such, these are being replicated by different states now, he added.

Regarding the recent High Court ruling, he said, “It is a justified landmark decision. My faith in the judicial system has further enhanced after the decision.”

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