The 12 MLAs who were appointed as parliamentary secretaries of the state are liable to be disqualified under the provision of the Constitution of India, said veteran politician O Joy.
The 12 MLAs are L. Susindro, N, Indrajit, L. Rameshwor, Th. Satyabrata, H. Dingo, Dr S Ranjan, S. Subaschandra, K. Robindro, K. Leishiyo, Khasim Vashum, Awangbou Newmai, Asab Uddin.
Joy while speaking to the media on Sunday at his residence in Imphal welcomed the landmark judgment of the High Court of Manipur which declared Manipur Parliamentary Secretary (Appointment, Salary and Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2012 and the Manipur Parliamentary (Appointment, Salary and Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Repealing Act, 2018 invalid and unconstitutional.
According to the Article 191 (1) (a) of the Indian Constitution the 12 MLAs should be disqualified as they were enjoying the office of profit under the state government, the veteran politician added.
O. Joy further explained that if any question arises as to whether a member of a House of the legislature of a state has become subject to any of the disqualifications the question shall be referred for the decision of the governor and his decision shall be final as per Article 192 (1).
Nevertheless, the governor shall obtain the opinion of the Election Commission and shall act accordingly, added Joy.