Imphal, June 10,
As cracks between Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and Works Minister Th. Bishwajit becomes clearer in the public sphere, BJP central leaders rolls head to mend the crack as soon as possible.
Two BJP leaders – Ram Madhav, National General Secretary North East-in-Charge and Ajay Jamwal, organization Secretary North East –in-Charge, who arrived in the state day before yesterday to solve the crisis in the N. Biren Singh Government had to return back unable to bring any amicable solution to the differences among the state BJP leadership. Some BJP legislature even submitted memorandum to change the Chief Minister which the two Central BJP leaders could not decide.
Source said that Works Minister Th. Bishwajit was not happy with Chief Minister N. Biren Singh over differences of opinion in the functioning of the government. It added that around 15 BJP MLAs supported Works Minister Bishwajit. The source however said that Bishwajit did not claim the Chief Minister seat but wanted the present Chief Minister to act as per the ideology of the BJP.
Meanwhile, source said that the Central leaderships do not want to change the present Chief Minister N. Biren Singh but had wanted a major reshuffle as desired by the Chief Minister. Reshuffle of Ministry is in the prerogative of the Chief Minister however, the Chief Minister have to take the advice of the central leadership as per convention of the BJP. The two central leaders had visited the state to discuss the issue with the Chief Minister and other BJP leaders. But after seeing the decedents in the government the two leaders could not make any decision but to take the matter to the high command.
Another source said that Chief Minister N. Biren Singh may reshuffle his ministry on June 21, but oppositions from BJP legislatures over the differences between them and the Chief Minister remain as an obstacle. Moreover, the voice for change of the Chief Minister is also seriously noted by the BJP central leaders.
Political analysts are of the opinion that there may be a no-confidence move against the Chief Minister. This is being speculated to be correct as there is chance of defeating N. Biren Singh as source said that any move like no-confidence motion against the Chief Minister may be supported by legislature from among the opposition candidates too. But as of now Th. Bishwajit is targeted as the only challenger to N. Biren Singh and an unseen leader is yet to come up. A source said that all is left now in hand of the Speaker of the Manipur legislative Assembly. Whether the Speaker would side for N. Biren Singh or would stand on the side of Th. Bishwajit is a matter that people are eager to know.
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