Manipur MLA Th Shyamkumar has tendered his resignation to the Assembly speaker.
Shyam Kumar, who defected to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from Congress, submitted his resignation to the Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly on Thursday.
The Supreme Court on March 18 restrained Manipur minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar Singh from entering the Legislative Assembly.
Shyamkumar’s decision to quit as a member of the State Assembly came ahead of the pronouncement of the judgment of the disqualification case against him by the Tribunal of the Assembly Speaker.
The Speaker’s Tribunal had already concluded hearing on disqualification case and had fixed March 28 for pronouncement of judgment.
While passing the order, the apex court fixed March 30 for a final verdict on the disqualification case pending against Shyamkumar in the event of any delay by the Speaker in pronouncing the tribunal judgement.
The Supreme Court order was in response to a petition filed by two Congress MLAs – K Meghachandra and Md Fajur Rehman – against the Speaker’s alleged delay in passing the final judgement on the petitions filed by the Congress MLAs, seeking Shyamkumar’s disqualification under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution.
Shyamkumar was elected on a Congress ticket from Andro Assembly constituency in Imphal East in the Manipur Assembly elections held in 2017.
The Congress had won 28 seats in 2017 Manipur Assembly election and BJP got 21. BJP aligned with National People’s Party (NPP) along with Singh from the Congress who later became a minister.