Four Manipur BJP ministers return from Delhi; avoid media

Four Manipur BJP ministers return from Delhi; avoid media
Social welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen is seen behind education minister Th Radheshyam.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 21 | Publish Date: 7/21/2020 12:24:56 PM IST

Four BJP ministers who went to Delhi to meet party national leaders on July 17 returned to Imphal on Tuesday but refused to respond to media’s queries.

The four ministers ; works minister Th Biswajit, education minister Th Radheshyam, social welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen and agriculture minister V Hangkhanlian –landed at Imphal Airport around 11 am.

They left the airport around 1 pm after their samples for COVID-19 tested negative.

Though it was mandatory for all returnees and visitors to stay at COVID-19 quarantine centres for 14 days, the ministers directly proceeded to their respective homes and quarters in Imphal.

The same was also the case when state chief minister N Biren Singh returned to the state upon returning from Delhi in the first week of this month.

While coming out of the arrival lounge of the airport, none of the ministers were ready to respond to queries from reporters.

The ministers had reportedly left Imphal for Delhi on July 17 to lobby with party national leaders to remove  N Biren Singh as chief minister of the state though they denied the same.

While leaving for Delhi from Imphal, they said the purpose of the visit was to meet national leaders of BJP and Union ministers for the sanction of funds for developmental works and to strengthen the present government.

Chief minister N Biren Singh who spoke to a local TV cable network said he  had no knowledge of the purpose of his ministers’ visit  and was not informed about their visit. 

Highly reliable sources said that during their camping at the national capital, the four BJP ministers met almost all the national leaders of the party including party president JP Nadda.

During the series of meetings, the ministers aired the issues besetting the coalition government and drew their attention toward resolving the issues by deputing a central leader of the party.

They got a green signal for the visit of a central leader to the state sooner or later, the source said.

As per the sources, the four state ministers met JP Nadda on the next day of their arrival at the national capital (on Saturday).

Though the details of the meeting could not be ascertained, the sources believed that the ministers raised the issue of voices of dissent against chief minister N Biren Singh by most MLAs of the party.

There were also possibilities of the ministers discussing the reason for the frequent dissent against chief minister N Biren with the party national leaders. 

They were believed to have raised the issue after a decorated MPS officer of the state police levelled charges against the chief minister, his family members, close acquaintance and top brasses of the state police favouring an arrested drug kingpin.


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