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The politics of rumours

Rumours about reshuffle of the N. Biren Singh led coalition government is going around in the state. Some says it may happen after the declaration of the 17th Lok Sabha Election result. Some says there are differences among the high profile BJP leaders of the state who are holding Ministerial post. Some are of the opinion that there may emerge a dissident from a group of BJP MLAs as ministerial berth are being enjoyed by the non BJP coalition partners. One very disturbing rumour is about an unseen race by two top profile BJP leaders for the post of Chief Minister. Well everything is possible in politics. But kitchen talk should not be considered serious. Saying so, reshuffle of Minister happened in the running of government and there is nothing to worry about it. However, if the small talk about the race for Chief Minister appeared true than the state will definitely be in crisis and for that reason the talk about the attempt by some top profile BJP leaders lobbying to topple the present Chief Minister is not supported by any logic.
A news report about some BJP Ministers and MLA camping at Kolkata drew the attention of many people. But the fact is that the visit to Kolkata by some BJP MLAs and Minister has nothing to do with the plan to make a major reshuffle in the government.
However, it is logical that due to pressure of the BJP MLAs, the Chief Minister in consultation with the BJP leadership may drop some of the Minister belonging to other coalition partners.
What worries the people is on assuming the state of the government if the non BJP Ministers are removed to provide the post to other BJP MLAs. There is likely that the coalition political party may withdraw their support to the government. If so will there be any impact to the government.

If one takes a breath and thinks about such thing – there is absolutely nothing to worry. The BJP led government will continue as long as it holds power at the center.
If one recalled on how the BJP formed the government in the state with even less number of MLAs then the Congress party, then why should the government worry if some ministers of the partner political parties are dropped.
However, saying so, there may be changed of guard if the BJP led NDA suffer a major setback in the 17th Lok Sabha.
As of now Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is doing well in strengthening the bondage of relationship between the BJP Ministers, MLAs and his party leaders. The rumours spreading around will remain as it is and will never happen. It is better that we stopped daydreaming and focus more in becoming a watchdog to the activities of the government. And any citizen can be a watchdog as there are various tools to check things that are doing by the government. Finally the government should also stopped intimidation to the watchdogs as they are only hoping for a welfare state.

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.

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