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'MLAs quit under duress'

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  7 Oct 2015 12:00 AM GMT

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Itagar, Oct 6: BJP leader Tamiyo Taga on Tuesday alleged that the two Congress MLAs who have tendered resigtion from the Assembly on September 30 last was compelled to do so under duress but not from their own. Congress MLA from Kanubari constituency Gabriel Denwang Wangsu and his Khonsa East counterpart Wanglam Sawin tendered their irrevocable resigtion to Speaker bam Rebia on September 16 last which, was accepted by the latter on September 30, a notification said here on Monday. Addressing a Press Conference here, Taga alleged that through the resigtion dissidence among the Congress members were exposed and political turmoil in the state started.

“Chief Minister bam Tuki on September 16 last had invited 17 Congress MLAs for a dinner in his official residence and compelled them to sign in resigtion letters and threatened them if they support other leaders their resigtion letters will be submitted to the Speaker to get it approved,” Taga alleged.

“This is a sort of match fixing by the CM in connivance with the Speaker, which is harmful in a democracy. Both the MLAs later submitted letters to the Speaker requesting him not to accept the resigtion letters but surprisingly the Speaker issued a notification on October 1 last,” he disclosed showing copies of the letters from the MLA. Alleging that the Speaker was trying to protect the chief minister, Taga, who also served as a Speaker in the assembly earlier, added that as per convention, when a MLA submit his resigtion he should submit in person. If the MLA was not present, it is the duty of the speaker to contact him to know the reason behind the resigtion.

“The speaker did not contact them but accepted their resigtion in connivance with the leader of the assembly which is unbecoming,” Taga alleged and added that Rebia had misused his official power. Terming the situation as ‘tricky’, Taga said, “It appears with the resigtion of two Congress MLAs, dissidence will be more in Congress and many more likely to follow suit.”

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