Manipur Congress calls Former CM Radhabinod Koijam’s statement ‘Political Drama’

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Imphal: Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on Sunday strongly reacted to a recent statement of former chief minister Radhabinod Koijam on the recently concluded brief state Assembly as “political drama”.

In a recent interview broadcast to a local TV channel, the former chief minister blamed the Congress for the adjournment of the Assembly session without discussing the prevailing crisis in the state while terming it a political drama.

His remark amounted to misleading the people, said MPCC vice president and senior spokesperson Hareshwar Goshwami who addressed the media in Congress Bhavan here today.

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“It is fortunate that a veteran politician who was not only elected at least five times in the state Assembly but also the chief minister of the state for three and a half months and knows very well the rules of procedure and conduct of business of the state Assembly made such a comment,” the Congress leader said.

He also alleged that right from summoning the session of the 4th session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly session on August 29, the state government had not only violated the Constitution but also the rules of procedure and conduct of business.

The MPCC leader said the session was summoned without following the rules of procedure and conduct of business and adjourned sine-die without discussing the ongoing crisis after nearly 11 minutes.

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The opposition Congress had clarified the protest by party MLAs in the house. They had protested when the house refused to discuss the prevailing crisis in the state, he claimed.

Goshwami reiterated that the government had put opposition members in the dark without disclosing the details of the business to be taken up in the one-day session.

Even as opposition members proposed some agendas related to the prevailing crisis in the state well ahead of the scheduled Assembly session, none of the agendas were taken up, he added.

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Besides, no agenda related to the crisis unfolding in the state was included in the list of businesses proposed by the government, the MPCC leader also said.

Except obituary reference and presentation of report of the business, no other agenda was included in the business of the house of the session, he said.  

It is a well-known fact that the house cannot take up any agenda which is not included in the list of business of the house, he added.

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