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Resignation of Parliamentary Secretaries: a political strategy

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The resignations of the 8 parliamentary secretaries in the N. Biren Singh led Coalition government is an inevitable sign of political changes in the state. 2nd Budget session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly is all set to begin from July 20 and it will have 19 working days . Chief Minister n. Biren Singh terms this budget session as the longest session in the history of Manipur Legislative Assembly.
Almost three months is over, and the opposition too started rumbling some minor mistakes to show their presence. The recent sprung of the opposition party criticising the 100 days report card of the BJP led coalition government showed that this time the state assembly session will surely be of people’s interest. It will the wisdom of the leader of the house to make sure that the confidence building that he and his government had build in the last 3 month don’t go waste.
It is a common sense for every citizen that, the presence of NPP in the coalition government is not satisfactory to some of the BJP MLAs as well as the workers. On the other hand the presence of NPF is not a matter of serious concern to the BJP workers and the MLAs.
Now, the question that everyone is asking is why the 8 Parliamentary Secretaries had tender resignation and why the chief Minister accepted? Is some changes in the political theatre likely after the upcoming state assembly budget session.
To remind our readers, Congress party won 28 seats in the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly Election while the BJP managed to win in 22 seat only other partner – NPP, NPF, Trinamool Congress and a lone Independent candidate support the BJP to form the government.
When the coalition partner extended their support , they put conditions that they get lion-share of cabinet post in  government. Having no other option BJP leadership agreed and provided almost all major cabinet post to the coalition Partners. These had left many BJP MLAs frustrated but remain quite for long time as they need a BJP led government in the state.
Now from 22 seat the BJP now has 31 seat – which means that the party can form government without the support of any other political parties.
The four Congress MLAs – Y. Surchandra, Ngamthang Haokip, O Lukhoi and S Bira joined the BJP after Congress MLA T. Shyamkumar joined and was sworn in as a cabinet minister on March 15. Another MLA, Ginsuanhau Zou, followed him.
Two more Congress MLAs Congress MLAs Kshetrimayum Biren Singh and Paonam Brojen joined the BJP on Saturday last, taking the total number of BJP MLAs to 31. This means the N. Biren Singh led government is climbing in a position to decide as per his party’s desires.
The resignation of Parliamentary secretary will definitely have impact in the coalition government.

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