HC’s judgment proves the power of judiciary, says CM.
IMPHAL: M. Rameshwor was on Monday sworn in as the new MLA of 37-Kakching Constituency Assembly at the Manipur Legislative Assembly complex with Assembly Speaker Y. Khemchand administering the oath of the new MLA in the presence of the Chief Minister, Ministers, MPs and MLAs.
Addressing media persons, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh reiterated the power of judiciary in democratic governance while welcoming the recent judgment of Manipur High Court in regards to scrapping Y. Surchandra’s election of MLA as null and void.
We appreciate and welcome the recent judgment of the high court which was pronounced on November 5, 2020. In the last three and half years of our ruling government, we have witnessed some political crisis. However, we have increased the number of BJP MLAs and have the confidence of winning an absolute majority of the by-polls, the CM said.
Biren also appreciated the public, especially the concerned voters of the four assembly constituencies that went on voting recently.
It may be noted that Yengkhom Surchandra Singh was elected as the MLA of Kakching AC from a Congress ticket in the year 2017. However, due to non-disclosure of information in an affidavit filed during the 2017 assembly elections, he was disqualified as a member of Manipur Legislative Assembly and his election declared null and void by the High Court.
As per reports, BJP’s Rameshwor Singh secured the second highest votes with 10,503 while Surchandra got 11,133 votes. Ironically, the Congressman joined the BJP party after resigning from the Opposition Congress party.
Speaking media persons Rameshwor stated that his priority is to actualize and implement the very vision of chief minister’s ‘Go to Village’, Go to the ‘Schools Fagatthansi’ and ‘Go to the Hills’.
Sworn-in MLA also said that as per the provision of section 100(1) (d) (i) of the RP Act, the judgment has been passed and it is a non-disclosure of materials facts to the voters which amounts to undue influence and corrupt practice.
I am very happy that my faith in the judiciary of India has been enhanced and I hope that this kind of judgment will be passed in Manipur and elsewhere in the country, the new MLA said.
“It is a justified landmark decision. My faith in the judicial system has further enhanced after the decision,” he said.