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In the game of politics: Except for the Congress party, both BJP and NPP lose nothing

The weeklong drama in the political theatre of Manipur, finally came to an end with the 4 NPP MLAs returning to BJP after hectic negotiation, but this time with more confidence and power. 
From the statement by both the legislature party wing leader of the NPP Yumnam Joykumar as well the L. Jayentakumar, at the time of their leaving from the government and joining the congress party camp, it can be easily noted that they were not happy on the way that the BJP government is dealing with them despite the fact that they were cabinet ministers holding important portfolios. The frustration of NPP legislative wing leader Yumnam Joykumar is known to everyone as despite being the deputy chief minister, he was left with no portfolios after some sort of misunderstanding arose between him and the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh. Even though it has not been let to the public, it cannot be denied that since the then Deputy Chief Minister sided with the dissident BJP MLAs in the middle of 2019, which lasted for almost 5/6 months, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and his team started having a soaring relationship with the NPP, particularly with Y. Joykumar . This factual account of the series of events that happened in the N. Biren Singh led government is being recalled just to make the public ponder upon on who was the real players that mastermind the weeklong political fiasco in the state amidst crisis time due to invasion by novel coronavirus.
For the Congress party, it is natural that they attack the ruling BJP led government whenever they get the opportunity. However, under the experienced leadership of three times Chief Minister of Manipur, presently the leader of the opposition, Okram Ibobi Singh, the Congress seems to have waited for an opportunity even after knowing that the state Assembly house, which is often considered as the temple of democracy, has never been in order since the beginning of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly. Even after the congress party had enough opportunity to attack the government during the time when their MLA Th. Shyamkumar ( now disqualified) and 7 others who won the election in Congress ticket joined the BJP led government, the Manipur Congress, under the leadership of the former Chief Minister remains quiet for quite a long period. No disqualification moved has been filed against the defected MLAs even after a year that they had defected from the party. 
Now, the government under Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has almost completed 3 plus years of government and in around one and a half years, the term of N. Biren Singh government will be over. One wonders what provoked the Congress leader to attack the government with aimed to topple it, when the state is facing a serious crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic is a matter that we as a citizen need to drill.
Well, it was the 4 NPP MLAs that powered the Congress party to launch the movement against the ruling government led by BJP in the state. The NPP has reason to revolt against the N. Biren Singh government and perhaps they considered playing congress as the best option and time to strike hard to the N. Biren Singh government. This may be because the NPP might think that the N. Biren Singh government may drop two of its ministers due to pressure from the BJP government.
People think that it was the congress that started all the fiasco, but when one takes a deeper look, it is easily noticed that the real player that mastermind the whole political chaos in the state of Manipur is not the congress but the NPP. This means that the Congress party has been used by the NPP to take revenge against Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, so that the portfolio once enjoyed by the Dy. Chief Minister restored. After all state, NPP knows that NPP is a partner of the NDA alliance headed by the BJP
Well, it played state NPP legislatures. And this proves that the next major opponent of the BJP in the North East may be the NPP.

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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