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Has the state BJP succumbed to NPP’s pressure?

In politics anything can happen, there is no full stop when to the battle for power and it is crystal clear in the present-day Manipur government under Chief Minister N. Biren Singh. The series of events that tried to hinder the government under Chief Minister N. Biren Singh can be traced back since day-1 of his government, and till today, when the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly is just one and half years to go, various attacks are seen continuing to topple his leadership. The series of happening and the N. Biren Singh hardstands that subsequently gave every attacker a slashing blow, keeping intake his seat more stable, perhaps is a lesson need to learn by every aspirant politicians or those learning the art of politics.
To those who are well aware of the functioning of the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, the regalia of sidelining peoples keeping more priority to either the Ministers or MLAs from the political party that he belongs to and others that walks along with the government is history. Today’s new trend of politics, in this age of fast information technology, what is more important is -understanding the peoples’ mind rather than pleasing the party or co-party members. While following this new doctrine, somehow, somewhere, N. Biren Singh and his team knowingly or unknowingly committed a mistake by ignoring the hard game that the NPP MLAs who had resigned from the Ministers had played.
The post-Rajya Sabha election was even more challenging for N. Biren Singh and his team. Not because the NPP had decided to be sided with the opposition Congress and were even ready to move a no-confidence motion against the BJP led government, but because of the central leadership, perhaps under the influence of Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, who is also the National President of NPP, gave pressure to accommodate them again.
Pre - Rajya Sabha Election, all eyes were with the congress and the NPP along with their team. Arithmetic about BJP candidate Leshemba Sanajaoba winning the election was next to impossible besides with various reasons.
Leaving aside of the legitimacy or illegitimacy of the series of events happening in the state assembly hours before the Rajya Sabha Election, as it is a matter that has to be done by the law court, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh not only his skill in Manipur’s politics but also save the image of BJP which he belongs to.
People had seen him handling the most complicated task, and people know that N. Biren Singh will do everything to make sure that his government ruled till the end of this term.
May be it is due to the support of the Central leaders , but he came to power with just 21 MLAs, his party won the RS election when the number was suppose to be divided as 26 -26 and earlier he bridged the relationship with dessident MLAs when they revolted against him. Now just two days back people heard some mor congress joining the Biren team.
A no-confidence motion against him or his government assuming NPP leaving the BJP and siding with the Congress would not have been an easy task, as N. Biren would certainly find a way out. Details on how he will do that will be discussed on some other topic.
But, now with the central leadership consoling the Chief Minister to reinstate them to the Ministerial berth along with the portfolio, sometimes there is talk going around on whether the state BJP is succumbing to the NPP pressure. If so why, when the state Chief Minister is ready to face any outcome to make sure that the BJP government survived and complete the term. A matter needs to be pondered.

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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