IMPHAL | Jun 14: Communist Party of India (CPI), Manipur State Council demanded that the present BJP government in the State be suspended and dismissed for a while and an enquiry be conducted against the state chief minister, Nongthombam Biren in the backdrop of the prevailing adverse financial situation of the state.
Speaking to media during a press meet held today at CPI office, Irawat Bhavan, state unit CPI secretary, L. Sotinkumar asserted that the chief minister, Biren is also responsible for the overdraft the state is facing as can be seen from the statement made earlier on Thursday by deputy chief minister, Yumnam Joykumar as a reaction to his demotion from finance ministerial post.
Referring to what the deputy chief minister stated earlier on Thursday, Sotinkumar said that every encashment permission or cheque drawal authority exceeding Rs 2 crore was carried out under the authority of the CM himself according to the office memorandum dated January 8, 2018. Apparently, the chief minister was well aware and is responsible for all the transactions and the huge amounts withdrawn by Works and Power departments during the period of March to May, 2019 while election model code of conduct was in force, he asserted and demanded that an enquiry committee be set up to probe into the activities of the CM as well.
He went on to say that the state BJP government lacks financial discipline and a big financial scam is being cooked at the moment. Besides, the constituent ministers are hurling charges against each other in the fight for portfolio allocation, he observed.
While charging that public funds are being looted under the BJP government, he asserted that the present government needs to be suspended and dismissed for a while to allow proper probe into the government activities.
The CPI state council secretary further pointed out that the people are currently facing the problems of price rice of commodities especially rice. Price of local rice has crossed Rs. 50 per kg and price of superfine is also above Rs 30 per kg. As such, most of the middle class families and labourers are made to suffer under the BJP government, he contended while noting that it is not the time for shortage of food grains yet.
Moreover, most of the beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) are deprived of their entitled food grains because of the irregularity in distribution, besides, the beneficiaries received only a portion of the earmarked quantity for namesake only, Sotinkumar contended and urged the government to put efforts for solving the problems arising out of the hike in price of commodities.