First session of Manipur Assembly concludes in chaos amidst unrest – 10 key points.

Chaotic Conclusion to Manipur Assembly’s First Session Amid Ethnic Unrest: Top 10 Key Points

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Adjournment Amid Heated Exchange:

Manipur Speaker Thokchom Satyabrata Singh adjourned the session as verbal clashes erupted between the Opposition and Treasury benches, with Opposition members raising “Save Democracy” slogans.

Congress’s Objection and Demand:

The Congress party objected to observing a two-minute silence for violence victims and called for extending the single-day session to five days, which lacked a question hour or private member motion.

Resolutions Amid Turmoil:

Despite the chaos, the House managed to pass three resolutions. These included maintaining harmony without discrimination, pursuing peace through dialogue, and appealing for an end to violence.

Delayed Session Due to Unrest:

The Manipur assembly’s budget session took place between February and March, but clashes on May 3 postponed the monsoon session.

Boycott and Participation:

Kuki-Zomi tribal groups boycotted the one-day session, with 10 MLAs from the community choosing to skip due to safety concerns traveling to the Meitei-dominated Imphal Valley. Naga MLAs were expected to attend.

Denial of Deferment Request:

Despite requests from the Kuki-Zomi society to postpone the session, the government refused special treatment, emphasizing its stance on unified administration.

Controversy Over Resolutions:

While the State BJP hinted at potential resolutions regarding the ongoing ethnic crisis, tribal bodies stated that any assembly-adopted resolutions would not hold sway in Kuki areas. The Congress also expressed its skepticism about the session’s public interest.

Assembly Demand and Constitutional Timeline:

Reassembling the assembly had been a significant demand from Meitei civil society groups and Opposition parties. Article 174 of the Constitution mandates an assembly session within six months of its last sitting.

Shifting Session Dates:

The government initially recommended a session by August 21, which later changed to August 28 after the Raj Bhavan did not give its approval. Ultimately, the Chief Minister’s Office announced reconvening on August 29.

Roots of Unrest:

The violent clashes in Manipur stemmed from tensions between the Kuki tribe and the Meiteis, triggered by the latter’s demand for Scheduled Tribes (ST) status. The conflict has led to over 170 deaths and internal displacement of thousands.

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