The issue of office of profit in Manipur is likely to give a major setback to the BJP. Here, the sword of disqualification hangs on 12 BJP MLAs. During the hearing in the Supreme Court on Thursday, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta assured the court that the Manipur Governor would soon give the opinion of the Election Commission regarding the disqualification of 12 BJP MLAs on the issue of office of profit. But will decide.
In fact, a bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao in the Supreme Court had questioned the Governor’s decision. After which this information was given to the court on behalf of the Solicitor General. On the issue of office of profit, the Election Commission sent its opinion to a governor in January.
While hearing the matter, the Supreme Court said that according to Article 192 the Governor has to take the decision. Nothing has happened in the last 11 months. We do not want to pass one more order. Responding to the court, Mehta said that I assure that we will do something on this, there will be no need to pass any kind of direction in this regard.
The court had said that the governor cannot sit on the opinion of the EC
In an earlier hearing, the Supreme Court had said that Manipur cannot sit on the opinion given by the Election Commission regarding the disqualification of 12 BJP MLAs on the issue of state benefits. The court’s observation came after the bench was told that the governor is yet to take a decision on the opinion of the Election Commission submitted on January 13, 2021.
What is the whole matter?
The Supreme Court is hearing a petition filed by Manipur’s Karond MLA DD Thassey and others, seeking disqualification of 12 MLAs on the grounds that they hold the posts of Parliamentary Secretaries. treated as an ‘office of profit’. The matter was caught in the year 2018 itself, after which the opinion of the Election Commission was sought on this. The Election Commission has given its opinion but so far no decision has been taken regarding the disqualification of the MLAs.