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Censure notice against minister

Imphal, Dec. 19: Trinamul Congress member I. Ibohalbi Singh submitted a censure motion notice to Manipur Assembly Speaker Th. Lokeshwor Singh against agriculture minister Md Abdul Nasir for assaulting a Congress worker at the Sangai tourism festival last month.

Ibohalbi Singh submitted the notice for discussion by the House tomorrow, the concluding day of the winter session of the state Assembly, which began today.

Ibohalbi Singh confirmed submission of the censure motion for discussion by the House tomorrow. However, the Speaker was yet to admit the motion, the Trinamul member told The Telegraph.

Nasir and his escorts allegedly assaulted Alam Azad, a Congress worker at a food stall at the Sangai tourism festival on November 26 at Imphal city’s Hapta Kangjeibung.

However, the minister and Azad made contradictory claims over the incident. While the minister charged that Azad made derogatory remarks against him, Azad claimed he was assaulted without any provocation in full view of the public.

The incident created quite a furore with the Opposition Manipur Peoples’ Party demanding expulsion of Nasir from Okram Ibobi Singh’s council of ministers.

A delegation of the MPP, led by senior leader Okram Joy Singh, met governor Gurbachan Jagat twice last month and submitted a representation seeking removal of the minister alleging that his conduct was unbecoming of a minister.

“The minister who took the oath to uphold the Constitution violated its provisions by publicly assaulting a citizen. He should be punished as all are equal in the eyes of the law,” Joy Singh submitted to the governor.

Ibobi Singh was seen talking to Ibohalbi Singh for about 10 minutes inside the House after today’s session was over. Deputy chief minister Gaikhangam was also present.

Ibohalbi Singh is the leader of the Trinamul Congress Legislature Party.

The opening day did not take up any agenda after paying obituary reference to former Prime Minister I.K. Gujral, former Manipur chief minister Wahengbam Nipamacha Singh and three other members of Manipur Assembly who passed away recently.

A source close to Ibohalbi Singh said he was not ready to withdraw the motion even if he was pressurised from the government side.

The source said the Trinamul member was prepared to “react strongly” if the Speaker did not admit the motion as he “feels” that the conduct of Nasir was unbecoming of a minister and the act “criminal” in nature.


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