As in other parts of the country, MPCC also observed the 132nd birth anniversary of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee vice-president K Meghachandra on Sunday said that governorship is a constitutional post, and one who holds such post should not violate the law of the land and constitutional provisions. He made the remark in connection to the ongoing Supreme Court case regarding disqualification of 12 ruling MLAs who were appointed as parliamentary secretaries.
MLA Meghachandra was speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the observance of the 132nd birth anniversary of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru at Congress Bhawan, Imphal.
Maintaining that the Election Commission of India has given its opinion on the matter in January 2021, and the governor of the state has been sitting on it, he asserted that by delaying in taking action on it, the governor is defying the law of the land. Whether the MLAs are disqualified or not, the law of the land should prevail, he added.
As the Supreme Court has called up the secretary of the governor as one of the defendants of the matter, it has hurt the prestige of the office of governor, he added.
Taking a swipe at chief minister N Biren Singh who had claimed that the law and order situation of the state has improved considerably during his regime, Meghachandra asserted that Saturday’s Churachandpur ambush has proved otherwise. It was a failure of law and order, he said while adding that it was an unfortunate incident.
“It is a shocking and condemnable act and AICC and MPCC have sent condolence messages to the bereaved families,” he added.
Commenting on the desertion of the party by some former MLAs, he asserted that there are many who are better than and can replace them. Stating that it is a political drama, he accused them of being not clear on political principles.
He also said that the Congress will “definitely have a pre-poll alliance with other parties”, while exuding confidence that Congress will form the next government.
CLP leader, O Ibobi Singh, who also attended the function, said that the late prime minister was known for his affection for children, and is known as “Cha-cha Nehru”. Ibobi added that Nehru was the architect of modern India.
Maintaining that Nehru envisaged India to be a secular country, he exhorted all the Congress workers to follow the ideals of Nehru.
On the MLA disqualification case, he maintained that justice has been delayed, while exuding confidence that justice will prevail.
About the controversy over the technicalities of joining of BJP by two of Congress’ former MLAs recently — RK Imo and Yamthong Haokip , he said that appropriate action will be taken after due consideration on the advice of the legal cell of the party.
Meanwhile, as a part of the observation, Manipur pradesh Mahila Congress Committee led by Mutum Sarma Devi, president of Mahila Congress along with AIMCC secretary Lhingkim Haokip and Saikul DMCC distributed rice and eatables at Zion Orphanage Home, Saikul town.