Updated on 23 Nov 2021, 3:04 pm
O Joy Singh (PHOTO: IFP)
Claiming the Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Council Bill, 2021 as unconstitutional and its documents unofficial, veteran politician O Joy Singh on Tuesday condemned the state government for not openly or officially declaring the same.
In a press conference held at his residence on Tuesday, Joy said that the issue surrounding the bill is sensitive, and compared it to “a plot to disintegrate the unity of the state orchestrated by some sections.”
The state government should issue a clear statement by educating the people on how the bill is unconstitutional and unofficial, he asserted. Even the governor of the state should draw some attention in this regard, he added.
He pointed out that as per para 4(2) and (3) of ‘The Manipur Legislative Assembly (Hill Areas Committee) order, 1972’ issued under article 371C of the Constitution by the President of India, the Hill Areas Committee does not have any power to take any resolution. Besides, the committee does not have any power to produce the bill and draft it, he maintained.
He continued that according to ‘The rules of procedure and conduct of business in Manipur Legislative Assembly’ formulated under article 208 of Indian Constitution, the bill drafted by the Hill Areas Committee cannot be directly forwarded to the government by the secretary of the assembly.
On top of this, as per rule 39 of rules of business formulated under article 166 of Indian Constitution, to construct any acts, statutes, regulations, statutory rules, orders and notification, the administrative department should consult the Law department, he said. According to rule 42, new legislation cannot be submitted to the chief minister before consulting it with the Law department, he added.
He said that the above mentioned bill completely contradicted all the norms and rules and therefore, it is fit to be termed as “unconstitutional and unofficial.”
There is no problem in formulating any laws for the welfare of tribal communities; however, such laws should abide by the Constitution of India, he added.