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Manipur CM re-allocate portfolios to deputy CM

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 6 | Publish Date: 7/6/2020 1:27:15 PM IST

Days after the political crisis that shook the BJP-led coalition government in Manipur, deputy chief minister Y Joykumar was allocated the portfolios which he held earlier.

The deputy chief minister was allocated the minister in-charge of finance, science & technology and economics & statistics by an order of the state chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu. The order was issued late Sunday.

The re-allocation of the portfolios to the deputy chief minister came up after the chief minister’s recent two-day visit to New Delhi amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

The re-allocation of the portfolios to the deputy chief minister came up in less than a week after the chief minister met with national leaders of the BJP.

The four NPP MLAs were also brought back to the coalition government after national leaders of BJP and NPP intervened to resolve the political crisis that shook the saffron led coalition government.

It was after a series of meetings between the national leaders of BJP and NPP that the latter agreed to return to the coalition government.

To resolve the crisis, the four MLAs of the NPP were even taken to Delhi to meet with BJP national president and Union home minister.

The reallocation of portfolios to the deputy chief minister came up even as leaders of both BJP and NPP were tight-lipped on what conditions the NPP had agreed to return to the government.

The chief minister, who had visited the national capital a few days ago, refused to divulge the agreement between the two parties.

A source close to the BJP said that the reallocation of portfolios to the deputy chief minister was part of the agreement and similar steps affecting re-allocation of portfolios to the remaining three ministers of NPP will be coming up soon. It may be mentioned here that the political crisis erupted after nine MLAs including four MLAs of NPP, three BJP MLAs, the lone AITC MLA and an Independent MLA withdrew supports to the government on June 17, two days ahead of Rajya Sabha elections held on June 19.

The four NPP MLAs tendered their resignations as ministers while the three BJP MLAs resigned from being members of the state Assembly and joined hands with the Congress in an attempt to form a new government.

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