Everything is fair in love and war. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh anguished and seemingly frustrated announcement at which he stated that – “I will get the result for what I did; they will get for what they did” indicated possible change in the government soon. For the first time in Manipur’s political history, a Chief Minister announced the media that reshuffle in the government will be done within this month. The announcement by Chief Minister is significant as it coincided with rumours talking around about the anger of some BJP top profile leaders on the differences of opinion regarding the allotment of portfolios in the propose reshuffling of the Ministry.
The apprehension among the coalition partner NPP – as there is a possibility of dropping some of the Ministers, all this development in the post 17th Lok Sabha Election says that there is political uncertainty in the N. Biren Singh led government.
Now, political analysts saw two groups emerging in the BJP led government. When media speculated a crisis over the allotment of portfolio, political analysts on the other hand are serious over a probable change of Chief Minister. However, they are of the opinion that such a change could only be happened as per the wisdom of the Central leadership.
The downfall of the Congress party across the nation is also one factor that is giving impact to the Manipur’s political theatre. The resignation of the top profile Congress MLAs from their respective post at the MPCC also talks volumes even though they declared they will continue to work for the congress party.
“Nothing is impossible in politics and this is politics”, former Chief Minister of Manipur Radhabinod Koijam once said while talking to reporters soon after he joined Samanta Party to become the Chief Minister of Manipur in early 2000. And the then Chief Minister is still right, nothing is impossible in politics, particularly in Indian politics. The tenth schedule of the Indian Constitution is now converted as a toothless tiger. The person in the chair of the speaker of the house who is the guardian of the constitution and legislative affairs is now above everything – on whether to follow the Tenth Scheduled of the anti defection law enshrine in the constitution of India or not.
People appreciated when law makers they elected no matter they violated the constitutional provisions, nobody showed seriousness when MLAs illegally defected from their party to get benefit of their own by joining other political party.
‘Ideology’ is a joke of the Manipur’s politicians and anything they did is forcibly justified as everyone is after money and power.
BJP National Secretary, in charge of North East states, Ram Madhav has arrived in the state along with organization Secretary Ajay Jamal to take stock of the new development in the state.
Interestingly, Ram Madhav is the one who announced N. Biren Singh as the leader of the BJP Legislative Party during a crucial party meeting held soon after the Assembly election at Hotel Classic Grande. In that meeting Prakash Goel, Ram Madhav , Prakash Javedkar and Prahar Patel were the main decision makers of the BJP.
The crack in the state BJP which emerges in the BJP led government need to be mended, but how? Will it be the top profile BJP leaders from the state or will it be those Central leaders who will decide on how to mend the crack? This is a million dollar question.
As for the present Chief Minister N. Biren Singh , he is aware of what is a happening in his government. His frustrating announcement regarding reshuffle after the cabinet meeting held at Ukhrul this week can be interpreted in two ways. One – he is confident in protecting his seat; Two- he want to sent message to dissidents on how hard is him. But both showed that his chair is shaky.
A stitch in time save nine, remember the proverb – and instead of hot decision better remain cool and stitch the crack by understanding the anger of his colleague , or else – people will only say that ‘Everything is fair in love and war’ if in case there is a change in the leadership.
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.