Sigh of relief for Biren Singh as ministers attend cabinet meeting

Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 3 | Publish Date: 8/3/2019 11:58:01 AM IST

 It was a  sigh of relief for chief minister N Biren Singh who has faced  revolt for his removal from the chief minister’s chair as all the cabinet ministers attended a cabinet meeting chaired by him on Saturday.

Since the eruption of leadership crisis after the end of the 17th Lok Sabha elections in May this year, the chief minister has been convening cabinet meetings without full participation by cabinet ministers. More than half out of 11 cabinet ministers excluding the chief minister had skipped a cabinet meeting convened by the chief minister at Ukhrul district headquarters held on June 4 last, the first such meeting after the Lok Sabha elections. Since then,  most of the cabinet ministers continued to skip the meeting. In the last cabinet meeting held on July 20, seven ministers stayed way, making the incumbent chief minister worried.

However, in a surprise development, all the cabinet ministers attended the cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister N Biren Singh on Saturday. While adopting a resolution to urge the Governor to summon the monsoon session of the state Assembly on August 26, Saturday’s cabinet meeting also discussed various issues at the forefront of the government and the state, an official source said.

Recently, dissident MLAs shifted their camp in Imphal, reportedly after national party leaders told them to ensure attending Assembly session which was mandatory to summon within August month in order not to create constitutional crisis. 

All the MLAs in the dissident camp returned to Imphal four days ago. It was reported that they shifted their camp to Imphal to attend the Assembly session with strict instructions from the party’s national leaders.

As many as 14 dissident MLAs  camped at Delhi had reportedly made it clear to BJP national leaders that they would stay away from the state Assembly’s monsoon session if chief minister N Biren is not replaced before the Assembly session.

While advising the dissident MLAs to attend Assembly session as and when it is convened, BJP national leaders assured that the state’s council of ministers would be reshuffled after the Assembly session is over. Following the assurance, the dissident MLAs came back to Imphal, said sources.

The dissident MLAs have accused N Biren Singh of operating in a monocratic style and exercising undue favouritism while dealing with the eight Congress turncoats over BJP’s own MLAs while demanding leadership change.


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