Manipur Congress calls NPP ‘cheater’

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jun 26 | Publish Date: 6/26/2020 1:21:19 PM IST

NPP leaders are “cheaters”, said Manipur Congress blaming the party (NPP) leaders for the recent political unrest in the state.

The NPP had not only assassinated the political careers of some BJP MLAs but also pulled down all the MLAs of the state to the status that people would spit on them, Congress spokesperson MLA Kh Joykishan told reporters on Friday.

Congress’s strong criticism came up after the NPP rejoined the BJP-led coalition government after a series of negotiations at the level of national leaders of both NPP and BJP.

“Congress was not behind the recent political unrest but the party was provoked by the NPP and some MLAs of the ruling BJP,” Joykishan revealed after giving a detailed account on how Congress was provoked. Congress has now realised that they provoked the party after their plans to dethrone N Biren Singh as chief minister were foiled repeatedly. “Now we came to know that NPP used the Congress and some BJP MLAs only for their own political gain.  They (NPP) had also assassinated political careers of some BJP MLAs,” he said.

Earlier, Congress had no plan to topple the coalition government despite their (NPP’s) repeated provocation to chalk a strategy to topple the saffron-led government.  The four NPP MLAs along with three MLAs of BJP and two other MLAs from the ruling side came to Congress after they withdrew support to the coalition government. The four MLAs came after tendering resignations from being cabinet ministers. In a similar way, the three BJP MLAs resigned as members of the state Assembly.

“Who would not believe them when they approached us after such extreme steps,” he asked.

After withdrawing support to the Biren government on June 17 last, nine MLAs –four NPP, three BJP, one AITC and an Independent MLA – joined hands with the Congress to form a new government.

The four NPP MLAs tendered their resignations as cabinet ministers while the three BJP MLAs resigned from being members of the state legislative Assembly and formed a new ally, Secular Progressive Front (SPF) led by the Congress.  The new front had even demanded the Governor to invite them to form the next government while claiming the BJP-led coalition government was reduced to a minority.

However, with NPP rejoining the coalition government, the eight days long political drama came to an end, leaving the fate of SPF at uncertainty.

The latest development on the part of the NPP showed the morale standard of the party leaders. They could not stand by their words even for a week.

Their lack of integrity and principle has dragged down the MLAs and politicians of the state into the ditch full of garbage. Now, people would like to spit on the faces of the MLAs, Joykishan said. Reiterating that NPP MLAs have provoked Congress, he said that they had visited residence of Congress MLAs repeatedly to convey their desires to join hand with the party (Congress) after withdrawing support to the incumbent government. They even convinced Congress leaders that if they continue as partners of the BJP, party position will not be good in the next elections. They lost hope of winning the next election in the present form of partnership, he recalled.

Congress had to accept to join hands with them believing their words and action of coming to Congress camp even by resigning from being ministers by the NPP MLAs.

Not only the Congress, they killed alive three BJP MLAs by cheating them to resign from being members of the state legislative Assembly, Joykishan strongly charged the NPP.

On the other hand, claiming that the problems within the coalition partners has almost resolved, state chief minister N Biren Singh said he will be visiting New Delhi soon to discuss the portfolio reallocation.

However, Singh added that Central BJP leaders were yet to inform him the details of the terms and conditions which they (Central leaders) agreed upon to bring back the NPP.

The chief minister was talking to reporters on the sideline of a function in Imphal today.


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