The 5th Session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly began here at Chingmeirong assembly complex on Friday amidst tight security.
Obituary reference to departed souls of four former MLAs including the former chief Minister RK Dorendro and nine landslide victims of Tamenglong district marked the first day of the two-day assembly sitting.
Later the House also observed a two minute silence in remembrance of the departed souls.
In his obituary reference, chief minister N Biren Singh recalled and shared his association with the departed former chief minister Dorendro. N Biren Singh also condoled the demise of former ministers Nongmeikapam Komon Singh (Heirok), Soso Lorho (Mao) and Dr Wakambam Thoiba Singh (Heingang).He also expressed immense grief over the tragic loss of nine precious lives due to landslide at Tamenglong town recently.
Participating in the obituary reference, the opposition leader O Ibobi Singh also remembered RK Dorendra as a prominent political figure for the whole NE India for his contribution specifically on foreigner’s issue.
Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar Singh and Speaker of the House Khemchand Singh too participated in the day’s obituary reference.
Later Chief Minister N Biren highlighted the chronological steps taken up by the government on ongoing Manipur University crisis and border pillar number 81 issue in the day’s session. The border pillar 81 was located at the Kwatha Khunou sector of the Indo-Myanmar international boundary under Tengnoupal district of Manipur. He also sought cooperation from all sections in resolving these issues.
While the state chief minister was trying to move the Sixth Report of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC), 2018 for passing, the opposition members and senior congress MLAs Gaikhangam, Kh Joykishan Singh and N Loken proposed to review the Sixth Report of the BAC, 2018 to extend sittings of the ongoing session to discuss various issues.
But Speaker Y Khemchand Singh informed the House that the number of sittings was already allocated and members can share their views on the issues in the next sitting and if required the sitting can be extended. Opposition members protested the move and walked out of the assembly one after another.
Three important bills -The Manipur People Bill, 2018,The Manipur Liquor Prohibition (Second Amendment) Bill,2018 and The Manipur International University Bill, 2018 were introduced in the day’s session.