The state Cabinet on Monday took a decision to convene the much-awaited Manipur Legislative Assembly monsoon session on August 29 and conveyed the same to the Governor on Monday night for approval, to avoid a constitutional crisis.
Earlier, the State Cabinet had, on August 4, recommended to the Manipur governor for summoning the 4th session of 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly on August 21. However, no session of the Assembly was held on Monday.
In a notification dated August 21, 2023, K Meghajit Singh, secretary, Manipur Legislative Assembly intimated summoning of the assembly session by the Governor.
The Governor's order stated: “In exercise of the power conferred by Clause (1) of Article 174 of the Constitution of India, I, Anusuiya Uikey, Governor of Manipur, hereby summon the 4th session of the twelfth Manipur Legislative Assembly to meet at 11.00 am on Tuesday, the 29th August, 2023 in the Assembly Hall, Imphal.”
It may be recalled here that, various political parties including Manipur Pradesh Congress Party and different CSOs have been pressing the Governor to summon the assembly session in order to discuss the present turmoil that has been continuing since May 3.
The Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) had even announced an indefinite social boycott of the state government and its activities for allegedly defying the people’s resolutions taken on the July 29 rally against narco-terrorism, especially of convening a special assembly session within August 5.
Meanwhile, Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum (ITLF) had asked all the 10 Kuki-Zo MLAs not to attend the Manipur Special Assembly session which was likely to be held on August 21.
The 10 Kuki-Zo MLAs who have been raising their demand for a separate administration, including seven BJP (with two cabinet ministers); two MLAs from KPA and one independent MLA.
The United Naga Council (UNC) had also asked the Naga MLAs to abstain from attending the special assembly session, in a statement issued on August 2, 2023.