The 13th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly session began on Friday with an obituary reference to the seven politicians of Manipur, including the former secretary of the Manipur Legislative Assembly, who passed away during the pandemic.
Twelve members from both the treasury and opposition bench, including leaders of the House and opposition, shared their condolence messages for the departed souls during the opening of the 13th session which will have three sittings.
The names of the politicians who passed away mostly while battling COVID-19 are MP, Lok Sabha from outer Manipur (ST) Paokai Haokip; former member of Manipur Legislative Assembly, Keishamthong assembly constituency Laishom Lalit Singh; former member of Manipur Legislative Assembly from Lamshang assembly constituency Wangkheimayum Brajabidhu Singh; and former member of Manipur Legislative Assembly from Oinam assembly constituency Irengbam Ibohanbi Singh.
Others include former member of Manipur Legislative Assembly from Kshetrigao assembly constituency Thangjam Nandakishor Singh; former member of Manipur Legislative Assembly from Karong (ST) assembly constituency and former member of Manipur Legislative Assembly from Kshetrigao assembly constituency Vivek Raj Wangkhem.
The obituary reference was also given to deceased Thangjam Megharaj Singh who was former secretary of the Manipur Legislative Assembly.
Leader of the House, Chief Minister N Biren said the seven politicians had contributed a lot for the welfare of their assembly constituencies and for the state. They were energetic, social, always gave constructive suggestions for the state and they all worked for the state with passion.
Biren said the demise of the former secretary of Manipur Legislative Assembly is a great loss for the Manipur Legislative Assembly. During his service period, he taught the rules and proceedings to the new politicians, he added.
Leader of the opposition, Okram Ibobi said most of them unfortunately passed away due to COVID-19 infection. He remarked that they were true social workers, true entrepreneurs and also prominent leaders.
Other members of the House including MLA, AK Mirabai, Karam Shyam, S Rajen, N Indrajit, L Radhakishore, Y Joykumar, DD Thaisii, K Ranjit, Th Lokeshwar and N Loken also took part and shared their condolences during the obituary reference.
Speaker Y Khemchand also expressed sorrow on the demise of seven state politicians and former secretary Manipur Legislative Assembly. The House observed a two-minute silence in honour of the departed souls.