O Joy ridicules CM’s majority claim, demands floor test

IMPHAL, 21st Jun: Disagreeing with the majority remark made by chief minister N Biren after winning Rajya Sabha election, senior politician Okram Joy said that the CM needs to consult the matter with the government’s advocate general or a parliamentarian who is well versed with the parliamentary proceedings.
Addressing a press conference at his Kakwa Huidrom Leikai residence on Sunday, O Joy said that the political development in the state has made it necessary to dissect the roles to be played by the political leaders and Governor of the state. The BJP-led government was formed in 2017 without any pre-poll alliance with support from NPP, NPF, LJP, TMC and one independent candidate. Perhaps, it is the first in the history of Indian politics that a single largest party was denied the opportunity to prove majority in the House. Instead BJP, which had only 21 MLAs against INC’s 28 was allowed to form the government.
After all the four NPP ministers, one independent and one TMC MLA withdrew support to the BJP government apart from resignation of three BJP MLAs from their membership in the state assembly and BJP as well, the BJP led government has been reduced to a government run by minority.
As per parliamentary history of the country, vote of confidence is necessary once a coalition partner pulls out of the government leaving the government with a minority number of members. The only and ultimate means to prove majority is in the floor of the House, he said.
O Joy also said that vote of confidence was not there in the parliamentary rule in the initial stage. However, formation of coalition governments necessitated such measures and it became a common and necessary practice. In the parliament, vote of confidence is moved under Rule No 184 motion of public interest whereas the motion is moved under Rule No 128 general public interest in the Manipur Legislative Assembly.
Following formation of SPF, the opposition presented the condition to prove majority and stake claim to form the government to the Governor. However, the Governor, who is obliged to follow parliamentary procedure, is yet to make a decision in this regard. On the other hand, chief minister could have come out and convened the assembly session for a floor test without waiting for the Governor if he is so confident of his party’s majority, he contended.
Until and unless a floor test is conducted, the Biren government should be considered as a lifeless government, he said and added that it would not be right for the Governor to delay the matter.

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