The Congress on Monday filed a disqualification petition in Manipur Assembly Speaker’s tribunal against five Janata Dal-United MLAs, who joined the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in September this year.
The Vice-President of Manipur state Congress – Hareshwar Goswami, accompanied by lawyer Ningombam Bupenda Meitei, filed disqualification petitions against the five legislators.
Earlier, the Secretary of Manipur Assembly – K. Meghajit Singh, asserted that Speaker Thokchom Satyabrata Singh approved the merger of the five JD-U MLAs with the BJP legislative party, in accordance with the 10th Schedule of the Constitution.
The five JD-U legislators are Khumukcham Joykisan Singh (Thangmeiband), Ngursanglur Sanate (Tipaimukh), and Md. Achab Uddin (Jiribam), Thangjam Arunkumar (Wangkhei), and L.M. Khaute (Churachandpur).
It is worth noting that the Manipur Chief Minister – N. Biren Singh and BJP’s President – J.P. Nadda earlier felicitated the 5 JD-U MLAs in Imphal and New Delhi, respectively.