Fresh crisis in Manipur: 4 BJP ministers rush to Delhi to meet central leaders

Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 17 | Publish Date: 7/17/2020 12:41:53 PM IST

Amid reports of fresh campaign within BJP to replace N Biren Singh as chief minister of Manipur, all four cabinet ministers of the ruling party dashed to New Delhi on Friday.

Before leaving Imphal for the national capital Friday afternoon, the four ministers called on governor Dr Najma Heptulla. However, no details could be ascertained about the meeting of the ministers with governor before leaving for Delhi.

However, their meeting with the governor comes amid reports of as many as 10 MLAs of the party having resolved during a meeting held on Thursday evening to press party’s national leaders to replace Biren as chief minister of Manipur.

The four ministers and six MLAs of the party took part in the meeting that further resolved to meet party’s national president JP Nadda and general secretary BL Santosh and press them to replace the chief minister by submitting an application that would be signed by the MLAs.

The ministers who left Imphal for Delhi by a flight were works minister Th Biswajit, education minister Th Radheshyam, social welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen and agriculture minister V Hangkhanlian.

They would convey to central leaders the disenchantment among BJP legislators over continuation of Biren as the chief minister over him giving weightage to Congress defectors above his own party MLAs and allegation of the chief minister’s family members interfering in the administration.

They would further urge the party’s national leaders to visit the State and resolve the issue at the earliest, some media reports stated.

Another report in some media said Biren is likely to make a reshuffle in his ministry. He has a plan to replace two of the four BJP ministers with new faces and the same is likely to take place by Monday, a local daily reported.

BJP has five members in the council of ministers, including the chief minister. The reports were denied by two of the ministers who talked to reporters at the airport here before leaving for New Delhi.

Radheshyam claimed that they were going to Delhi to lobby Central leaders of the ruling party to seek more funds for developmental works and discuss strengthening of the party in the State.


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