The Manipur Congress party has questioned the nature of the Manipur Legislative Assembly summoned by Governor on August 29 as to whether it is a special or emergency session.
Speaking to media-persons, Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president K Meghachandra said, the governor's initial refusal to accept the cabinet's recommendation to summon the Assembly session on August 21 has triggered a recommendation for a second time, now scheduled for August 29.
Speaking on the sidelines of the 6th Death Anniversary of former chief minister Rishang Keishing at Congress Bhawan in Imphal, Meghachandra noted that due to the short notice, this session would be classified either as a special or emergency session.
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Meghachandra explained that unlike a regular session requiring a 15-day notice, the short notice for this emergency session deprives MLAs and ministers of their full rights.
He criticised the governor's rejection of the cabinet's proposal, stating it undermined democratic principles.
He also expressed concerns that emergency sessions lack the framework for productive discussions, resulting in unofficial and rule-bending questions.
Additionally, Meghachandra highlighted that emergency sessions curtail the ability of MLAs to effectively raise concerns on the floor of the assembly.
The event marking Rishang Keishing's death anniversary included a tribute paying ceremony and saw the presence of former chief minister O Ibobi, CWC member Gaikhangam and other MPCC office bearers.