Manipur CM shares dais with dissident BJP leaders

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 6 | Publish Date: 7/6/2019 12:13:33 PM IST

In an interesting development, both chief minister N Biren Singh and minister Th Bishwajit Singh believed to the leader of dissident group on Saturday admitted in-fighting within the ruling BJP.

The duo said that the discord among the party legislators will be resolved soon and will not be an issue that will be lasted long. The duo were sharing a dias in a party event -BJP’s Grand Launching of Membership Drive -2019 and 118th Birth Anniversary of Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee - held today in Imphal MFDC auditorium.

Both the leaders termed the prevailing crisis as “family matter” which will be solved within the family members.Chief minister N Biren Singh said that they were members of a family and to have differences among members of a family was natural.

“Such problems occur in my family and your family too. It has to be resolved by the members of the family. The differences in the party will be sorted out soon. For every problem there is a solution.”

He said it  would be a  pity if  matter of the party will affecting the state and its people.“The state cannot be spoiled for the sake of me or you. Despite the differences, we will join hands together to serve the people. We are serving the people together,” he added.

He then pointed to the party workers gathering at the event and said there was the need for a collective effort of party leaders and workers not to lose the confidence being kept by the people to the party. 

“Once lost, it will be hard to bring the confidence of the people back,” he said.

He claimed the collective effort of the party leaders and members had defeated the party that was in power for 15 years, without mentioning directly the Congress, the party he once belonged to and now out of power by the BJP.

IPR minister Th Bishwajit who also addressed the occasion said he belongs to BJP and BJP is a family. 

“There may be differences and issues from time to time within the family but family matter are usually not last long only as it will be settled soon, he said. Keeping aside the differences, the need of the hour of the party was to joind hands and work for a better future, he added.

He stressed the need for working together hard to ensure 20% increase in number of party membership from the current over five lakh members.

If the target was not achieved, the forthcoming organisational election cannot be conducted, he said.

Today’s event in which minister Bishwajit shared dais with the chief minister would be the first time since the  eruption of dissident group within the party legislators over power tussle.

Bishwajit who is projected as the leader of the dissident group demanding replacement of Biren as chief minister has been skipping all the functions since the revolt started.

He even stayed away two times from attending cabinet meeting convened by the chief minister. 

Taking note of the financial crunch the state witnessed after the RBI imposed a ban of all transaction from Manipur government’s account following overdraft, the chief minister had even removed power and works portfolios from Bishwajit.

While removing the two portfolios, the chief minister had even blamed the two departments for withdrawing huge amount while Model Code of Conduct for Lok Sabha election was still enforced.

The move of the chief minister had deepened the crisis within the ruling party and most of the dissident MLAs were still camping in New Delhi waiting for a decision of the national leaders of the party.

Besides, the chief minister and IPD minister, today’s party event was attended by national BJP ST Morcha president and Lok Sabha MP Ramvichar Netam, state BJP president MP K Bhabananda, forest minister Th Shyamkumar, education minister Th Radheshyam Singh and some other MLAs.

Some ministers from the party and MLAs were absent from the event.

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