Updated 6 May 2022, 3:09 am
The High Court of Manipur on Wednesday admitted as many as 11 election petitions against 10 sitting MLAs and a Minister filed by different candidates who contested the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly election. With this, the total election petitions pending in the High Court stands at 36. including 17 BJP MLAs.
Of the total 11 latest petitions, nine are against BJP MLAs and one each against KPA and JD-U MLAs.
Nevertheless, all the 36 petitions sought a directive from the High Court to declare the election results of the respondents as null and void on the ground of providing wrong information in their respective election affidavits.
The petitions against BJP MLA including minister Konthoujam Govindas was filed by his rival Oinam Nabakishore; Moirangthem Hemanta against Wangjing Tentha MLA Paonam Brojen; Okram Joy against Langthabal MLA Karam Shyam; Kshetrimayum Biren against Lamlai MLA Khongbantabam Ibomcha; Lourembam Sanjoy against Andro MLA Thounaojam Shyamkumar; Md Nasiruddin against Keirao MLA Lourembam Rameshwar; Soibam Subhaschadra against Naoriya Pkhanglakpa MLA Sagolsem Kebi Devi; Ahanthem Sanjoy against Kumbi MLA Sanasam Premchandra; Langhu Paulring Anal against Chandel MLA SS Olish.
The petition against JD-U’s Thangmeiband MLA Th Joykisan was filed by Jotin Waikhom and the petition against KPA’s Singhat MLA Chinlunthang was filed by Ginsuanhou Zou.
Of the total 36 petitions, eight are yet to be listed- Y Antas Khan against Md Abdul Nasir, O Lukhoi against K Loken, Chaltonlien Amo against Ngursanglur Sanate, L Radhakishore Singh against Irengbam Nalini Devi, Md Fajur Rahim against Usham Deven Singh, Y Erabot Singh against Th Arunkumar and L Sanjit against Shyamkumar.
In 2020 and 2021, the High Court of Manipur in separate orders declared the results of two MLAs including Kakching MLA Y Surchandra of the then Congress and Wangkhei Okram Henry of BJP, as null and void.
The orders were issued in response to election petitions filed by the rival candidates of the respective MLAs on grounds of providing false information in election affidavits. Since then, this is the first time in the state that a large-scale election petition had been filed in the High Court challenging election results.
First published:4 May 2022, 5:25 pm
manipur high courtManipur assembly election 2022election petitionelection affidavitsfalse affidavits