Imphal, June 18,
At what could be term as a twist to the political drama over the move by dissident BJP MLAs for replacement of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, Central leadership of the BJP is all set to review the performances of the BJP MLAs of various constituencies in both Inner and Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituencies in the 17th Lok Sabha Election, a source told Imphal Times. Whether the development is related with the political crisis or not is matter yet to be confirmed, however, the complex nature of the political crisis in the BJP led coalition government in the state has left no choice to the central leadership of the BJP but to remain silent.
On the other hand, source further stated that half of the BJP MLAs are still in the dissident camp but some have left the camp. News report appearing in some of the local dailies said that 17 BJP MLAs have signed for replacement of N. Biren Singh from the post of Chief Minister. But as per source at least 10 BJP MLAs now are not in the dissidents’ camp. In the current state Assembly there are 21 BJP MLAs, 8 Congress MLAs and 1 TMC MLA joining the BJP to support the government however, they are still yet to be counted as BJP MLAs officially. The source further stated that it is from among the 21 BJP MLAs that will decide the fate of N. Biren Singh.
Talking to Imphal Times, an important BJP leader whose background is the RSS said that the RSS had never interfere with the government formation or change of leadership even as BJP is their ‘Parivaar’.
“During the visit of one important RSS member in the last during December last year in Manipur we did not inform about it to the government and had not taken any assistance from the government”, one RSS member told Imphal Times when asked whether the appeal as reported to a newspaper could decide the fate of either N. Biren Singh or Th. Bishwajit.
Another source from New Delhi said that as the arithmetic fails to prove in the number game, the central BJP now believes in Chemistry to strengthen BJP government in the state. The Chemistry in the strengthening of the BJP government in the state of Manipur however, is in the hand of the Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly, Yumnam Khemchand. This is being stated as the Speaker can decide the fate of 7 Congress MLAs at any time as the case for disqualification of them remains with the speaker.
At this crucial stage of Manipur’s political theatre, Speaker Yumnam Khemchand, who got elected as BJP MLA remain as the most matured politician. His stand to remain as neutral as he is the speaker of the state assembly without joining any of the side is appreciated by various political analysts.
To solve the political blunder, the decision to review performances of the BJP MLAs in the 17th Lok Sabha Election by the central BJP leadership appeared as the only means to solve the crisis amicably.
BJP MP Dr. RK Ranjan won the 17th Lok Sabha Election by getting 263,632 votes that is 34.72% of the total vote cast. Rival Congress candidate O. Nabakishore gets 245,877 votes and was defeated. A review on votes that the BJP candidate got constituency wise may be a chemistry to show the performance of the BJP MLAs. The source said that BJP being one of the largest political party in the world and most disciplined party will do the needful for solving the crisis without hurting any MLAs or Ministers but by strengthening the party.
The source further said that MLAs and Minister who are on the side of the Chief Minister had reported to Central BJP leaders stating that the dissidents are of those MLAs /ministers who tried to sabotage the party in the Lok Shaba election at both seats and were against the NAMO mission .
Meanwhile, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is likely to return Imphal tomorrow.
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.