NEW DELHI: In a fast-paced political development in

Manipur

,

Congress

legislative party leader

O Ibobi Singh

on Thursday said his party is trying to form a government and will soon move a no-confidence motion against the

N Biren Singh

dispensation.

This comes after the resignation of nine members of the BJP-led coalition, including four ministers

Here are the top developments:

HC directs speaker not to pronounce order on Cong defectors

* The Manipur high court on Thursday directed speaker of the Legislative Assembly not to pronounce any order on the pending disqualification cases of seven defector Congress MLAs, who had crossed over to the

BJP

earlier, till Friday.

* It may be noted that election for the lone Rajya Sabha seat from Manipur is scheduled to be held on June 19 at the premises of Manipur Legislative Assembly.

* The Manipur HC through an earlier order has restricted the seven defecting Congress MLAs from entering into the state assembly till the pronouncement of the order by the Speaker.

* The BJP and the Congress have put up candidates for the only seat of the upper house of Parliament from Manipur.

Congress writes to governor, asks for a special assembly session

* Ibobi Singh, a former chief minister, has written to the governor, requesting him to call a special Assembly session to adopt a resolution on ‘No Confidence Motion’ against chief minister N Biren Singh’s government and to invite the newly formed Secular Progressive Front to form the government.

* The shift in the political equilibrium in the 60-member house has come ahead of the Rajya Sabha election on Friday in which BJP is fielding the titular king of Manipur Leishmba Sanajaoba as its candidate.

Notice for removal of speaker

* The opposition Congress also served a notice for the removal of

speaker Y Khemchand

as the party emerged stronger after the rebellion of nine MLAs of the ruling BJP-led coalition.

* Congress MLA K Meghachandra submitted the notice to the secretary of the Manipur Legislative Assembly under Article 179 (c) of the Constitution. Article 179(c) provides that a speaker (or deputy speaker) may be removed from his office by a resolution of the Assembly passed by a majority of all the then members of the Assembly.

* Claiming the support of 10 members including former deputy chief minister Y Joykumar Singh of the NPP, Meghachandra urged for the acceptance of the notice.

* He said the next date for proceedings regarding the disqualification of seven Congress MLAs was fixed by the Speaker on June 22. However, by a communication released on social media at 11pm on Wednesday, it was preponed to June 18 without reasonable cause or explanation, he alleged.

MLAs facing anti-defection cases

* The seven Congress MLAs, who had crossed over to the BJP, are facing anti-defection cases under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution in the speaker’s Tribunal as well as in the high court of Manipur.

BJP not taking action against MLAs

* BJP Manipur-incharge Prahlad Singh Patel said that neither the party nor the legislative assembly has taken action on the resignation of the three BJP MLAs from Manipur as of now. We have an alliance government. The NPP has taken back its support but still, we have the numbers, he said.

* Four ministers, including the deputy chief minister, quit the BJP-led N Biren Singh government on Wednesday. Tribal and hills area development minister N Kayishii, youth affairs and sports minister

Letpao Haokip

, and health minister L Jayanta Kumar Singh resigned.

* Besides, BJP MLAs S Subhashchandra Singh, TT Haokip and Samuel Jendai resigned from the assembly and the party, following which the Congress claimed they have switched over. Further, the state’s lone Trinamool Congress MLA T Robindro and Independent Shahabuddin withdrew support from the government.

Assembly status

* The total strength against the chief minister is now 29 — 20 from Congress, 4 from NPP, 3 from BJP (who quit on Wednesday), one from TMC and an Independent.

* The figure in support of Biren Singh stood at 23, including 18 BJP MLAs, four of Naga People’s Front (NPF) and one MLA from LJP.

* One Congress MLA who joined the BJP-led government was disqualified from the membership of Manipur Legislative Assembly recently, reducing the strength of the house to 59. Assembly election in Manipur was held in 2017.

* In 2017, Congress won 28 seats, while BJP got 21 seats and formed the government with 33 legislatures—four MLAs each from NPP and NPF and one each from TMC, LJP and an Independent in addition to a Congress legislature, who defected from the party.

(With agency inputs)

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