‘BJP-led coalition in Mnp will complete term’

‘BJP-led coalition in Mnp will complete term’
BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav speaking to reporters on his arrival at Imphal Airport. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL/new Delhi, Jun 24 | Publish Date: 6/24/2020 1:15:34 PM IST

Amid hectic efforts to patch up strained ties between BJP and NPP, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav on Wednesday said that the coalition government will last till the end of its five years term.

The BJP national general secretary arrived in Imphal airport on Wednesday on his two-day visit in the state by a special flight around 11.15 am. 

Madhav, who accompanied adviser to Manipur chief minister Rajat Sethi, was received at the airport by state BJP leaders and MLAs  led by chief minister N Biren Singh.

On his arrival, Madhav told reporters that he came to celebrate BJP’s newly elected Rajya Sabha MP winning of the recently contested RS election, adding that it was a grand victory for the party and people of Manipur. “We are felicitating the new MP (Leishamba Sanajaoba) at Raj Bhavan today,” he said.

On the stability of the BJP-led coalition government, he said that it has been stable and will be stable till the end of its term in 2022. “You people are asking about the stability of the coalition government for the last around one year. It has been stabled. It is winning elections. We will be stable until 2022,” Madhav said with a smile. Later, the BJP general secretary convened a meeting with BJP ministers and MLAs at Hotel Classic Grande, Imphal which was also attended by chief minister N Biren Singh.

Though none of the participants of the meeting were ready to disclose the outcome of the meeting, the chief minister termed the prevailing crisis as an internal matter.

Claiming that the internal crisis in the BJP was almost resolved, Singh said that the problem concerning the NPP will also be resolved in the next two or three days. It may be mentioned here that in their efforts to patch up the broken ties, national leaders of BJP and NPP had taken away the four NPP MLAs who had resigned from being cabinet ministers in the BJP-led coalition government after withdrawing their support.

Highly reliable sources said that the four MLAs were taken to Delhi to hold talks with party national leaders including Union home minister Amit Shah. 

They are likely to return to Imphal tomorrow if they arrive at a consensus during the talks. The chief minister said that the crisis with the ruling coalition partners and within the government was not a new one and that such a crisis has been witnessed in political history.

 He said there were various instances the government being shaky due to differences not only in the incumbent BJP-led coalition government but also in the previous Congress government. All were solved from time to time, he added.

BJP, NPP to work together: Himanta

National People’s Party president and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma met senior BJP leader and Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday as the saffron party worked to win back the regional party’s support to stabilise its government in Manipur.

The Manipur government headed by Chief Minister N Biren Singh was plunged into crisis recently after four NPP and three BJP MLAs withdrew their support from it. 

Himanta Sarma, BJP’s trouble-shooter and convenor of the North East Democratic Alliance which comprises of the BJP and its allies in the Northeastern states, took an NPP delegation for a meeting with Shah. 

“NPP delegation led by Sangma Conrad and Dy Chief Minister of Manipur Y Joy Kumar Singh met Home minister Amit Shah today in New Delhi. Both BJP and NPP will continue to work together for the development of Manipur,” Sarma tweeted after the meeting. 

The NPP and other dissident MLAs have been demanding removal of Biren Singh. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, who handles the party’s North East affairs, asserted in Imphal that the state government will remain stable. 

“Take it from me. We will be stable till 2022 (when next Assembly election will be held),” Ram Madhav told reporters at Imphal Airport.

Biren Singh also sought to downplay the trouble that has besieged his ministry saying it’s a “family issue”, and exuded confidence that the political problem will be resolved soon.

After the 2017 Assembly polls, the BJP had formed a coalition government with the help of the regional outfit NPP and others. (PTI)

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