Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Ministry expansion soon: Manipur CM N Biren Singh

Correspondent
Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday said the imminent cabinet expansion could take place soon.
The chief minister also hinted that only the MLAs from his party (BJP) are likely to be inducted in his ministry. N Biren Singh was sworn in as the chief minister of the state for the second consecutive term on March 21 last after the BJP secured majority by winning 32 in the 60-seat Manipur Assembly in the recently concluded elections to the state Assembly.
Five MLAs – four from the BJP and one from NFP also took oaths as cabinet ministers on the same day of swearing in of the chief minister. The total number of ministers in the council of ministers must not exceed 15% of the total number of members of the state Assembly as per the constitution of India.
As there can be 12 ministers including the chief minister in the state, Singh can further appoint six more ministers in his council of ministers. Responding to queries from reporters at the state Assembly complex today, the chief minister said that there were consultations with BJP Central leaders for expansion of his ministry.
The chief minister visited the state Assembly to congratulate them.
The chief minister who hoped to get the nod soon said,”Once we get the nod from the Central leaders, the ministry expansion will take place.”
To another query, the chief minister hinted that the remaining six ministers are likely to be appointed from the BJP MLAs.
However, induction of more ministers from the NPF, the only internal alliance of the BJP-led government will dependend on the the Central leaders of the party, Singh added.
It may be mentioned that even as the BJP secured absolute majority with 32 seats, one NPF MLA Awangbou Newmai was among the five cabinet ministers who took oath as cabinet ministers on the same day N Biren Singh was sworn in as the chief minister. The other four ministers were from the BJP. However, NP which has seven MLAs, JD(U) having won six seats, and two MLAs of Kuki People’s Alliance (KPA) are extending support to the BJP government.
As the three independents have also extended support to the government, only the Congress party that won five seats is in the opposition bench.
The chief minister, had on many occasions, declared that NPF will be the only “internal alliance” of the BJP in the government.

BJP’s Dinganglung Gangmei elected as new HAC chairman of Manipur Assembly

Earlier, the chief minister along with his cabinet colleagues visited the state Assembly to congratulate BJP MLA Dinganglung Gangmei alias Dipu Gangmei on his election as the new chairman of the Hill Areas Committee (HAC) of the state legislative Assembly on Tuesday.
The Hill Areas Committee (HAC) is the highest committee of the Manipur Legislative Assembly that is empowered to monitor legislation and administration for the hill areas.
The 20 MLAs from the hill districts of the state are the members of the committee. The election to the post of chairman held today at the committee room of the state Assembly was presided over by MLA Letpao Haokip.
As Gangmei alone filed nomination for the post, the election presided over by MLA Letpao Haokip elected him as new chairman of the HAC unanimously.
Leishiyo Keishing of NPF was the previous chairman of the HAC.
Dinganglung who joined politics after voluntarily retiring as IAS officer was elected from Nungba assembly constituency of Noney district. He defeated senior Congress stalwart Gaikhangam Gangmei in the recently concluded elections to the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly.
He assumed the office of the chairman of the HAC with effect from Tuesday.
State chief minister N Biren Singh was among other members of the state Assembly present at his office to mark his assumption of the office.
The chief minister who congratulated the new chairman of the HAC hoped that Dinganglung would work to enhance the process of peace and development in the hills of Manipur.