Six Manipur Cong MLAs resign, give up Assembly membership

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Six Congress Manipur MLAs have submitted their resignation from the party and Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, PTI reported.

The six legislators who had handed over resignation letters to Speaker Yumnam Khemchand Singh the previous night, formally informed the Congress office here about leaving the party.

Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Hareshwar Goshwami said, “Six Cong MLAs of Manipur have submitted their resignation letters to the Congress office”.

The six are among the eight Congress legislators who had refused to obey a party whip on Monday and skipped the one-day session of the assembly, in which the BJP-led N Biren Singh government had comfortably won the confidence vote.

The MLAs giving up their assembly membership and party association included Okram Henry Singh, nephew of Congress Legislature Party leader, Okram Ibobi Singh. Other legislators are- Oinam Lukhoi, Md Abdul Nasir, Paonam Brojen, Ngamthang Haokip, and Ginsuanhau. Secretary of the Manipur Assembly M Ramani Devi told PTI that the speaker has accepted the resignation of five of them and their assembly seats have been declared as vacant. The disqualification case of the sixth MLA P Brojen is already pending with the Speaker’s Tribunal, which would be taken up on August 14, she said.

About reasons for resigning, Henry Singh said they all have cited lack of trust in the leadership of Ibobi Singh because of whom the Congress failed to form the government even when it was the single largest party in the state after polls in 2017.

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