‘Mnp NPF to review for better coalition not to pull out’

Correspondent IMPHAL, May 16 | Publish Date: 5/16/2019 11:34:53 AM IST

Manipur education minister Th Radheshyam on Thursady clarified that  there is  “no problem in the BJP-led coalition government in Manipur but it was only  talking about  reviewing the party’s partnership.

He however admitted that there may be some discontentment among the partners of the coalition government,  adding that all problems will be sorted out soon. A distinct shape of the coalition government will be seen after the Lok Sabha elections are over, he said.

Addressing a news conference held at his office chamber in Imphal’s New Secretariat building, the education minister ruled out NPF pulling out of the government ,while hoping that all issues will be resolved.

As of now, there is no question of NPF withdrawing its support to the BJP-led coalition government, he said while reacting to news report of NPF re-examining its partnership with the saffron in Manipur and asserted that the NPF has only expressed its concern on having a better government in the state.

“They have expressed some concern that how to have a better coalition government. There may be some communication gap. They have never about pulling out from the government,” he said. 

The BJP minister said that NPF only decided holding a meeting on May 18 in which the performance of the party will be discussed, he said

“They may have a meeting, I think they may review on how better coalition government we may have in the state,” he said.

The spokesperson hoped, the proposed meeting will review the performance of the coalition government and will come up with suggestions for a better coalition government.

It is natural to have some discontentment among the partners of a coalition government. NPF may have some dissatisfaction with the partnership but this does not meant that they will pull out of the government, the education minister said.

The spokesperson hinted at resolving the problems with the partners and  that certain changes in the coalition government will be there after May 23.

Cracks in the partners of the BJP’s N Biren Singh led government in Manipur started appearing during the election campaigns for the two Lok Sabha seats in Manipur held on April 11 and April 18.

NPP and NPF, the two major partners of the BJP in the coalition government had contested the elections by fielding their candidates in the Outer Manipur (ST) Parliamentary Constituency.

During the election campaigns, the partners had openly criticised each other on various issues of the state, particularly on contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which the BJP promised to bring back if the party retains power at the Centre. 

NPF and NPP, having four legislators each in the 60-member state Assembly strongly opposed CAB and NPP had even threatened to cut all ties with the BJP if the CAB is brought back.

On the other hand, despite having equal number of legislators (four each), NPF got only one ministerial berth with its legislator Loshii Dikho as ministers in-charge of PHED.

However, all the four legislators of the NPP are enjoying ministerial berth.

The BJP-led coalition government was installed with 21 BJP MLAs, four each from NPP and NPF, and one each LJP and AITC along with an independent legislator.

Among the 12 ministers including the chief minister, five are from BJP, four from NPP, one each from NPF and LJP and another Th Shyamkumar who was elected on Congress ticket but defected to BJP in the run up to government formation after the Assembly elections held in March 2017.

Since the very beginning, NPF has been reportedly demanding that that BJP fulfil the promises it had made while seeking support from the NPF.

The party however has never threatening to pull out of the government for not keeping the promises by the BJP.

NPF, while taking a decision for reviewing its partner with BJP in Manipur, expressed strong disappointment over the alleged step-motherly treatment meted out to it by the saffron party leading the government.


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