ATRPFM appeals to govt
IMPHAL | Oct 28
The All Tribal Rights’ Protection Forum Manipur (ATRPFM) said today that Justice Kh. Nobin Singh, High Court of Manipur, had passed an order and disposed off the W.P.(C) No. 832 of 2018 on October 25, 2018 directing the State Government of Manipur for conduct of election of the chairman of Autonomous District Council (ADC), Churachandpur on November 5, 2018 “without fail”.
The ATRPFM then said that it “strongly believes” that the State Government of Manipur will comply with the order passed by the High Court and conduct the election of the chairman of ADC, Churachandpur “without fail” on the day fixed by the Court.
“As per rules and practice and as mandated by the Constitution, the election for the post of Chairman or Chief Minister, the State Government cannot keep on halting indefinitely with regard to the election. The tribal rights body said that such elections should be held within a reasonable period of time. “But in case of ADC chairman, election could not be conducted even after the lapse of more than three months,” it pointed out.
“We strongly demanded that the election for the post of chairman, ADC, Churachandpur be held on November 5, 2018 as per direction of the Hon’ble Court without fail”, it demanded. The ATRPFM then cautioned that no individual, minister or group of people “shall disturb or act contrary to the Court order in the best public interest”.
On October 23, the ATRPFM had threatened to resort to “total shut down” of Churachandpur district if the State Government fails to address the issue at the earliest.
The ATRPFM was irked by the delaying in conducting election to the chairman of Churachandpur Autonomous District Council. It termed the act of the government of not conducting the election as “unconstitutional”.
“We have tried our best to secure the conduct of election by way of floor test with several requests and approaches to the Governor, the Chief Minister, and the concerned Minister (Tribal Affairs and Hills),” said the ATRPFM. It also said that the Governor had written to the Secretary( Tribal Affairs and Hills) twice, and also talked with the concerned authorities over the phone. “However, the State Government is reluctant to conduct the election till date,” it added.
According to the ATRPFM, the previous chairman of ADC, Churachandpur resigned from the post and the resignation was accepted on July 30, 2018. Accordingly, the date for fresh election was fixed for August 24, 2018 by an order “dated 18.08.2018 and the presider was appointed by an order dated 21.08.2018”, said the ATRPFM. “However, the proposed election was postponed to September 4, 2018 by an order dated 23.08.2018. Again, the proposed election which was scheduled to be held on September 4 was postponed indefinitely without assigning any reason. “It is nothing but a cheap political game at the cost of all developmental works hampering the implementation of welfare schemes,” the ATRPFM said, adding, “It has also defeated the primary objective of the local governance of which the State Government is supposed to promote, protect and safeguard at all cost”.
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