Mnp CM likely to consult Shah on reshuffle

Mnp CM likely to consult Shah on reshuffle
N Biren Singh
Correspondent IMPHAL, AUG 20 | Publish Date: 8/20/2020 11:46:40 AM IST

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh is likely to take a final decision on reshuffle of his ministry after a meeting with Union home minister Amit Shah, a highly reliable source here said on Thursday.

Singh along with 6 MLAs who resigned from Congress and camping in New Delhi since August 16, are awaiting for an appointment with the Union home minister currently undergoing medical treatment at AIIMS hospital.

The sources said that Singh has sought an appointment with the ailing Union home minister who is reportedly working from the hospital. 

The chief minister will consult on his proposal of ministry shuffle with the Union home minister. Whether the proposed ministry reshuffle will take place or not will depend on the response of the Union home minister, the source said.

Sources said that the chief minister intends on affecting a reshuffle of his council of ministers and to drop at least five incumbent cabinet ministers, including two from his own party BJP and induct new faces.

There were political talks of inducting two of the six ex-legislators who had joined BJP after they resigned from as members of the state Assembly and the Congress recently.

Mention may be made that five of the six ex-legislators have formally joined the BJP at a simple function held at BJP national office at New Delhi yesterday (August 19) in the presence of party’s national vice president Baijayant Panda, general secretary Ram Madhav and chief minister N Biren Singh himself.

The sixth ex-legislator, Md Abdul Nasir is yet to join the party even though he was a part of the chief minister’s team.

A source here said that Nasir is unlikely to join the saffron party and likely to contest the by-election as independent candidate or another party supporting the BJP as per wishes of his close associates and workers.

Meanwhile, one the state BJP’s influential leaders and works minister Th Biswajit and state unit president of the party Prof S Tiken are currently camping at the national capital after they were reportedly invited by party Central leaders for talks on state political situation.

They left Imphal for New Delhi on Wednesday and were reportedly camping separately.

On the other hand, opposition Congress today termed the induction of six of its legislators who had resigned into the BJP as betrayal of people of their respective constituencies.

“People of Manipur will not forgive them (the six former Congress legislators) for their “selfish act”, said president of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) M Okendro. 

Talking to media persons in Imphal today, the MPCC president alleged that four of the six ex-legislators had already joined the BJP in 2017 before they resigned as members of the state Assembly and asked the motive behind joining the party (BJP) again.

On ex-legislator Abdul Nasir not joining the BJP, Okendro questioned “Why was he not allowed to join the BJP. Is it because he is a Muslim?”

He said that people of the state hate political defection in the state on the initiation of the BJP and  defectors will be taught a lesson in the coming by-election.


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