Resignation drama : Speaker says reasons not satisfactory
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 12 2010: Speaker Dr S Budhichandra today informed the Assembly that the matter related to the resignations of seven Naga Independent MLAs is being examined further as there are some parts in the resignation letters which are not satisfactory.

On the other hand, the ongoing Budget session of the Assembly today concluded in 40 minutes as no member from the Opposition side raised any cut motion during discussion on demands.

Subsequently, all the demands were passed without the participation of any Opposition member.

After the Question hour session, the Chief Minister, who is also the leader of the House tabled the business proceedings of the House which is scheduled to take place for over one week.

Along with that, the Speaker also placed a ruling on the resignations of seven Naga Independent MLAs.

It may be noted here that in the Assembly session on July 8, leader of the MPP's Legislature Wing MLA O Joy had submitted a point of order demanding the Speaker to take a definite decision over the resignation of seven Naga Independent MLAs.

Announcing this ruling in the Assembly, Speaker Dr S Budhichandra observed that the resignation letters of the seven Naga Independents have been received.

However, as there are some parts which are not satisfactory and not clear whether the MLAs submitted their resignations voluntarily or otherwise, some more time would be required in examining them.

He also sought the co-operation of the House members in this regard.

While the Speaker was delivering his ruling, MPP MLAs trooped out of the House one after another.

Though the leader of the party O Joy had come to the Assembly, he did not attend any of the proceedings.

Talking to mediapersons after the session, O Joy informed that Legislature Wing of the party would be discussing the further course of action to be taken up, as the ruling of the Speaker was not satisfactory.

The role of the Speaker in the House is to increase the activities of its members.

However, contrary to this, the activities of the members are being subdued and curtailed.

So, the session of the Assembly today concluded in just 40 minutes , Joy pointed out, adding that this may be the first instance of its kind in the Parliamentary history.

MLAs are coming to attend the session of the Assembly to discuss and share their opinions on the important issues of the State, he further pointed out.

In all five demands pertaining to State Legislature, Council of Ministers, Secretariat, Election and General Economics Services and Planning and involving a total sum of Rs 10,78,41,60,000 have been passed.