IMPHAL | Jun 26: The political storm brewing within the BJP led Manipur Government over leadership issue has apparently grown in strength, although the BJP Manipur including the chief minister N. Biren Singh officially denied there is one.
According to highly placed reliable sources, a meeting convened by chief minister this evening to hear the grievances of the dissidents in an attempt to resolve the ongoing crisis brewing within the party for over a month now, has been deferred.
The sources said that the meeting had to be deferred as a maximum numbers of MLAs and Ministers of the coalition Government did not turn up for the meeting.
It has been informed that only nine out of the total of 39 in the coalition partnership, excluding the Chief Minister, turned up for the meeting.
Sources further informed that of the nine legislators who turned up for the meeting include three Ministers and six MLAs.
The three Ministers were Shyamkumar, Minister K. Shyam and Minister V. Hangkhalien. The six MLAs were S. Rajen, S. Bira, Dr S. Rajan, W. Robindro, H. Dingo and Th. Satyabarta.
In total disregards to the meeting convened by the chief minister, three cabinet ministers holding key posts including Speaker Y. Khemchand Singh rushed to New Delhi today. The other two are deputy speaker Kh. Robindro and deputy chief minister Y. Joykumar Singh.
While the purpose of their visit cannot be confirmed, knowledgeable sources say that they were summoned by the BJP central leaders.
The same source disclosed that chief minister N. Biren Singh has also been summoned by the BJP central leaders.
However, an inside source informed there was no official confirmation about CM’s trip to Delhi till the time of filing this report.
With Y. Khemchand Singh who had stayed away from the drama coming into the picture, speculations are doing the round that the much hyped ‘change in guards’ could likely become a reality.
A handful of ministers and MLAs are already camping in New Delhi including Bishwajit who is rumoured to be leading the dissidents.
However, contrary to all these unfolding drama, another speculation is of the possibility of appointment of an observer to monitor the present government with N. Biren as the chief minister.