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The NPP conundrum

by Rinku Khumukcham
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The new development in the political theatre of Manipur, after the cracks between the NPP and the BJPP turns out to be extraordinary phenomenon where the traditional convention of maintaining hierarchic establishment seems to be completely crumbled. There were talks about communication gaps between the chief minister and his council of ministers before the heinous political drama ahead of the Rajya Sabha election happened. But now people easily see the non-co-ordinations among the Ministers and the Chief Ministers. The NPP on the other hand has become more powerful that they seems to be empowered more by now with the kind of priority given to them by the central BJP leadership.
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.
Today’s intervention by the Manipur High Court to the disqualification of MLA Trinamool Congress MLA Robindro had clearly showed that the game that has been played by the Speaker and his party is perhaps the dirtiest political game ever witness in the history of Manipur’s Legislative Assembly.
The new development showed that Chief Minister N. Biren Singh have been doing 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.

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