Every person in the state knows that there is a political crisis going on in the BJP led Coalition government after some Ministers and MLAs of the BJP revolted and submit memorandum to the Central BJP leaderships for change of Chief Minister. The differences and the revolt against Chief Minister by some Ministers and MLAs is a fact and have been in the public domain since June 4 cabinet meeting held at Ukhrul district head quarter. The cracks become clearer after the removal of key portfolios from Dy. CM Y. Joykumar and Minister Bishwajit. State media being a keen observer of the development collected news regarding the political crisis erupted in the state government using various sources to make sure that people of the state remain informed on what has been going on in the state political theatre. Journalists’ main duty is to inform public on the truth that has been happening around us.
From various sources and series of event that have been taken place in the BJP led government since its formation in March 2017, media people have notice unfriendly wind blowing over the differences among the BJP top profile MLAs over leadership issue. Disappointment to some MLAs of the BJP over not getting ministerial berth has been kitchen talk for quite a long time after key portfolios have been offered to coalition partners legislators. It was lack of proper evidences that media were keeping the matter underneath without disclosing to the public as media people knows publication of such news without proper evidences would be equivalent to misleading the people as well as confusing the members and legislators of the BJP, which is now recognized as one of the largest and most discipline political party in the world.
Political crisis in the state evolved after some Ministers and MLAs of the BJP reportedly submitted a memorandum to their central leader for change of chief Minister as there are differences to the continuation of N. Biren Singh as Chief Minister. The MLAs out rightly stated for replacement of Chief Minister even though they have not mention a specific name on whom to replace N. Biren Singh.
If a group of legislators of the same party revolted against their leader and demanded removal, the media people coin the word ‘dissidents’. Dissidents, as per dictionary meaning are those who disagree.
The ongoing crisis in the BJP led coalition government is not provoked by the media. State media only reported that is happening. And attempting to pamper the image of the media who only performed their duty by saying that there are no dissidents and it is the media that mislead and tried to make confusion to the public, is nothing but a desperate attempt to rape the sanctity of media.
Well as of now, all those dissidents have returned and Chief Minister of Manipur too has returned today, but the crisis remained unsolved. Putting all blame to media for unwanted things happening in their family will not help in solving the issue amicably.
A crisis in the government over differences and rise of dissidents will only hindered all developmental works that are supposed to be taken up in the state. The crisis will also hinder in the state government effort to solve the issue of overdraft. Media people reported those happening in the government only wanted to let people know, so that those MLAs and Ministers who are revolting for power understand that peoples’ anger may cost their future career. All those reports appeared in the media are a message to the peoples’ representatives that “we are watching your every move and we know what you did and what you are planning to do”. Please stop blaming media.
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.