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Congress MLA in Manipur T Shyamkumar faces disqualification

Manipur speaker Y Khemchand told the assembly on March 22 that a notice has been received seeking disqualification of T Shyamkumar, who was elected on a Congress ticket.

Shyamkumar was elected from Andro seat on the Congress ticket in the March assembly elections but he shifted his allegiance to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) post-polls.

“The notice is under process,” the speaker said while replying to K Meghachandra of the Congress who raised the issue in the assembly on Wednesday.

“Ten MLAs had submitted a notice seeking disqualification of Shyamkumar. Everybody knows that he had defected,” the Congress MLA said in the assembly.

“It must be first in the country that an MLA elected on a party’s ticket became a minister of another party. There has been no response from the speaker,” he added.

Reacting to news reports on his defection, Shyamkumar had said though he was elected on the Congress ticket, he had resigned. However he did not elaborate.

The support of Shyamkumar was crucial for the BJP as it managed to claim the support of 32 MLAs to form the government in the eastern state. The strength of the Congress, the single largest party, was whittled from 28 to 27.

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