IMPHAL | Jun 14: A day after the takeover, deputy chief minister Y. Joykumar Singh and minister Th. Biswajit Singh, who were stripped of key portfolios rushed to New Delhi to meet central leaders.
The takeover could apparently further aggravate the leadership crisis allegedly existing within the BJP led Manipur Government.
The present Government is already grappling with a mid-term reshuffle demanded by its coalition partners in addition to the leadership crisis and overdraft.
Against this backdrop, as many as eight MLAs of the ruling party, four Ministers and two MPs have also rushed to New Delhi today. However, it is yet to be ascertained the purpose of the visit of the MLAs and MPs.
According to a highly reliable source, the ministers who are camping in the national capital include Nemcha Kipgen, L. Jayentakumar, Losii Dikho, N. Kayisii. The MLAs include Tamenglong MLA Samuel Jendai, Thanlon MLA Vungjagin Valte, Oinam MLA Radhakishore, Lamsang MLA Sarokhaibam Rajen Singh, Jiribam MLA Ashab Uddin, Henglep MLA TT Haokip, Naoriya Pakhanglakpa MLA S. Subhaschandra Singh, Moirang MLA P. Saratchandra Singh. None of the MLAs and Ministers could not reachable till the time of filing this report.
Y. Joykumar was stripped of finance and Th. Biswajit Works and Power, purportedly as a counter-measure to resolve the prevailing financial crisis in the state. Accordingly, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh took over the charge of the portfolios, which according to a release by Chief Minister’s Office was initiated after a cabinet decision.
However, the deputy CM had attended the cabinet meeting has strongly reacted to the statement contending that the cabinet only discussed how the overdraft arises and how it could be prevented.
Joykumar charged that the CM is responsible for the overdraft and demanded that if any action were to be taken up it should against the CM.
Minister Th. Biswajit, terming the allegation against his departments were baseless said the overdraft issue was blown out of proportion. “Successive Governments in the past encountered a similar situation of overdraft but this time for reason best known to them have been blown out of proportion”, said Biswajit.