Joy sticks to stand over resignation row
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 13 2010: Not satisfied with the Speaker's explanation on the pending issue of resignation of the seven Naga MLAs, veteran MPP MLA O Joy has reiterated his stand not to attend the Assembly session until and unless the Speaker gives a concrete decision on the matter.

Speaking to media persons at MPP office this afternoon, Joy derided the statement given by the Speaker during July 9 session that the resignation of the seven Naga MLAs need to be studied further to check whether it was voluntary or done under coercion.

Joy asserted that there was no reason to take two/three months to check whether the resignation was voluntary or not.

The ruling given by the Speaker on July 9 would find no takers among the public, he remarked.

Claiming that there are many people who can teach the House Members, Joy suggested that the Speaker should act keeping in mind that the people are closely following the proceedings of the Assembly session.

Stating that the Manipur State Assembly has adopted resolutions to safeguard the territorial integrity of Manipur umpteen times, Joy inferred that resignation of the seven Naga MLAs against the State Government's decision to bar entry of NSCN-IM General Secretary Thuingaleng Muivah to Manipur was an act of openly supporting the agenda of disintegrating Manipur.

The decision of the seven Naga MLAs to resign from the House was a step to project Manipur State Assembly in bad taste.

The failure of the Speaker to give a definite decision on the issue of the MLAs' resignations is against the Parliamentary system of democracy.

Stating that it is unfortunate that the resignations of the seven Naga MLAs was not discussed during the Budget session, Joy remarked that the Budget session concluding in such a short period was unheard of in the Parliamentary practice across the world.