Manipur Congress terms forthcoming Assembly session “Unconstitutional”

Imphal: Manipur Congress president Keisham Megachandra has termed the summoning of the forthcoming Assembly session on August 29 as ‘unconstitutional’ as it fails to give proper time for raising questions related to Manipur ethnic violence and it’s solutions.

Meghachandra was briefing reporters on Saturday, here, condemning the ‘unconstitutional’ way of summoning the Assembly.

He said, the rights of the members of the Assembly are violated as per Rules and procedure and conduct of business of the Assembly.

The summoning of the session according to Clause 1 and Clause 2 of Rule 4.

According to Rule 4 Clause 2, Meghachandra said, ahead of the session a clear 15 days should be given to the MLAs to submit their queries and make other preparations.

The governor of Manipur Anusuiya Uikey, on August 21, summoned the 4th Session of the Twelfth Manipur Legislative Assembly to meet on August 29, in exercise of the powers conferred by Clause (I) of Article 174 of the Constitution of India.

The MLAs get only eight days to prepare for questions, which is against the rule, Meghachandra said.

The Congress leader said the scheduled Assembly session is made to appear as a normal session by mixing certain portions of rules and provision of short notice to summon it.

The members in the House will not get enough time to discuss various issues in connection with the present crisis (Meitei-Kuki clash) in Manipur, he added.

Congress strongly condemns the violation of Assembly rules and ruining of Democracy. “We are prepared to announce our stand to this violation,” Meghachandra said.

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