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RS MP Bhabananda was right; it was not only him who misused MPLAD

When Imphal Times report about the misappropriation of MP Local Area Development Fund of the Rajya Sabha MP K Bhabananda, some people who have soft corner for the MP criticize this newspaper questioning on why only “K Bhabananda”. Not only the people who support him, but also the RS MP himself while addressing to a large gathering of BJP workers had asked, “Why only me?”.

Since the re-launching of this newspaper on January 3, 2013, Imphal Times have highlighted several issues of misuse of people’s money. If one scroll on the series of news report, people will find it. However, we as a journalist can report about the things that are going wrong as we are not the authority to punish anybody. It is the government authorities that are supposed to verify what we have been reporting and act according to it. Finally, it is the law court that will award punishment to whoever found guilty of misusing the public money.

Well, this newspaper report about the misappropriation of Public money that is the MPLADF of RS MP K. Bhabananda. Two questions often asked by our readers are – why Imphal Times had stopped reporting about the misuse of MPLAD by RS MP K. Bhabananda? Another questioned which we in the Imphal Times think logical is – why only RS MP, why not other MPs or MLAs? Well as of now MP Dr. Ranjan and MP Lorho S Pfoze is yet to start utilizing of the MPLAD. And this newspaper is not remaining silent to any issues if the public money are being misappropriated. Imphal Times have been trying to procure all documents on how the MPLADF have been utilized by the former MP Dr. Meinya and present RS MP Mary Kom.

Well, Mr. K Bhabananda and associates as well as his supporters, what we in the Imphal Times had highlighted on how the public money (MPLADF) was misappropriated were never personal. On the question why only K. Bhabananda- it revealed the frustration, and see some desperate attempt to politicize the report.

To clear the pessimistic view, we would like the RS MP Bhabananda and team that our first picked happened to be you as it was random. We at Imphal Times are not going to let any stone unturned in exposing how our representatives are misappropriating public money in the name of implementing developmental works.

To our next random pick- we happen to procure all documents of how former MP Dr. Meinya had utilized his MPLADF during his tenure. And we are going to highlight all the works that has been taken up by him and also the total money that had been sanctioned by him.

In our today’s edition we only let the people know about the number of works taken up and reported complete for the year 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.

So far we have found no difference between K. Bhabananda and Dr. Meinya when it comes to the misappropriation of public money as we have found out some amount for some works misappropriated or utilized to some private body. It is upto the public to decide.  And don’t worry we in the Imphal Times have also procured documents of how the local area development fund of RS MP Mary Kom are being utilized.

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. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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