Friday, October 7, 2022

Portfolio reshuffle with BJP’s consent, claims Rio


Schisms within the current UDA partners surfaced in the open following the move by the chief minister Neiphiu Rio in divesting deputy chief minister and BJP legislature party leader Y. Patton of the Roads & Bridges portfolio.
In the recent portfolio swap on April 23, deputy CM Y Patton, who was holding the portfolios of Home and Road & Bridges departments, was relieved of R&B which was reassigned to NDPP adviser H Chuba Chang. A day later, another order was issued re-allocating the Land Resource Department (LRD) to Patton.
The portfolio was held by P. Paiwang minister of Transport, Civil Aviation and Railways. After effecting the minor swap in the UDA ministry, Rio maintained that it was done with consent of the BJP central high command.
According to sources in the ruling coalition, the simmering differences between Patton and his BJP colleague and minister Temjen Imna Along precipitated the matter when the former sought the nod from Central leaders to effect the principle of ‘one man, one post’.
Drawing attention on Patton’s reaction on being divested of R&B, Rio told the media that he spoke to Patton and would hold further discussions. Rio also informed that the BJP and NDPP would continue with the existing alliance in the 2023 assembly elections. The same assurance was also made by BJP president and minister, Temjen Imna Along at a programme in Kohima. Along reiterated that the BJP would continue with the current alliance with NDPP for the 2023 Assembly elections and form the PDA government again.
Patton declines LRD
Meanwhile, Patton in a communiqué informed that he has declined to accept the LRD portfolio as he was content with portfolios he holds even without the additional assignment.
In a letter to chief minister, Patton said his BJP colleague and minister P. Paiwang Konyak, who held the portfolio of LRD, has been discharging his duties and responsibilities diligently with no adverse record thus far.
“It is an honour and great privilege to serve our people as a member in the council of ministers headed by you and look forward to work in close coordination till such time I enjoy the confidence of your good self and the BJP party,” Patton wrote and added that he respected Rio’s recent exercise as his prerogative in effecting allocation or re-allocation of portfolios.
Patton further assured Rio that he along with all BJP legislators, stand firm with the pre-poll alliance commitments made with NDPP and would continue to work for the interest of the present coalition government and welfare of the people.