“The Governor is expected not to get involved in such cases until and unless it was properly verified”, O. Joy
“The premature felicitation of Shri N. Biren Singh as 3rd best CM of India …by the Hon’ble Governor of Manipur …. degrades the office of the Governor ” – Hareshwar Goshwami
“Our party doesn’t believe in the publicity stunt of the news channel on the popularity of Indian Chief Ministers”- Ksh. Santa
Imphal, Oct 25,
In today’s fast changing world truth cannot be kept under the carpet for long as mass communication has reached its peak with the invention of high speed internet plus 24×7 news channels.
The much publicised celebration by N. Biren Singh government following the announcement by a National TV Channel India Today as the 3rd best Chief Minister based on a survey conducted in collaboration with Axis My India, an independent body turns out to be another hasty publicity stunt which has even defamed the Governor of the state, when it comes to displaying how seriously the government is monitoring the responses to its activities from both the media and general people.
Talking to Imphal Times, veteran politician Okram Joy the kind of announcement is nothing but a game played by the Narendra Modi led government to this small part of the country, popularly called “THOK LEELA”, which literally mean ‘Cheating Drama”.
Reacting to a news report appeared in Imphal Free Press, the veteran politician who represented Langthabal Assembly Constituency as MLA for 5 terms also said that he did not expect the Governor of the state to be involved in such games before conducting proper verification.
“The Governor is expected not to get involved in such cases until and unless it was properly verified”, O. Joy said. As for the BJP organization it is left to their decision.
O Joy also stated that one can fool people for some time but not all the people for all the time.
“Statement of the Chief Minister is the statement of the government, it should be very careful that there are possibility that some people befool some section of the society, but it is not possible to mislead the whole people”, O Joy said.
Congress Spokesperson Hareshwar Goshwami while speaking to Imphal Times said that the immature decision without proper verification has brought down the level of credibility of the Governor’s office.
“The premature felicitation of Shri N. Biren Singh as 3rd best CM of India and best CM among BJP CMs by the Hon’ble Governor of Manipur and supporters of BJP degrades the office of the Governor and shows the immatureness of Shri Biren Singh and his supporters. It shows the quality of BJP Government India in general and Manipur in particular”, Hareshwar Goshwami said.
Kshetrimayum Santa , Secretary CPI-M talking to Imphal Times said that his party don’t believe in the publicity stunt of the news channel on the popularity of Indian Chief Ministers but think that the vested interest groups and individuals organised premature felicitation programs as a mark of congratulations and to send a message to the people that N Biren Singh’s popularity doesn’t fall even his government could not give a solution to the 4 months long MU impasse . He further said that the High Court of Manipur’s intervention helped the returning of normalcy in the University. Santa opined that N Biren Singh’s popularity rate may be downward after the respected channel’s grand finale which may be telecasted within a short period.
As per “Imphal Free Press” report, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is not even among the top 5 best Chief Ministers when the survey has been completed for 23 states.
“The popularity level of Biren Singh has gone down in the graph as the India Today popularity assessment programme continue across the country with chief ministers of more states being added in”, the newspaper report.
The Imphal Free Press report was published after confirmation from Rajdeep Sardeshai, the India Today journalist who co-hosted the show “Political Stock Exchange” which declared Biren Singh as the 3rd best CM.
“The most popular CM as per the survey figure is Odisha’s Naveen Patnaik at 59 percent, Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee at the second spot at 53 percent, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani at 3rd with 48 percent and Delhi CM Arvind Kejiriwal at 4th spot at 47 percent. Out of the four CMs, three are non BJP CMs. Out of the 25 states covered, CM Biren no longer figures in the top three positions and there are more states to go”, the report added.
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