Imphal, Sept 30
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and some other leaders of the state BJP including Rajya Sabha MP K. Bhabananda and Works Minister Th. Bishwajit met top profile Central BJP leaders at the Head Office of BJP at New Delhi yesterday. Delhi based journalist who waited to meet Chief Minister at Manipur Bhavan, SP Marg, said that the meeting lasted till midnight yesterday and Chief Minister N. Biren Singh returned at around 1 am in the morning.
Details of the meeting could not be known as the Chief Minister refused interview with the journalist. However, source from the CMO Manipur said that the Chief Minister didn’t give the interview as it was late and as he has to return back to Imphal for attending the 123rd Birth Anniversary of Hijam Irabot.
Regarding the rumours about the meeting which some newspaper claimed it as meeting due to pressure from the dissident BJP MLAs camping at New Delhi for change of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, the source from the CMO said that the meeting was to discuss about important issues and not about the cause of the dissidents. The source however, decline to spell out the so call important issues.
Imphal Times speculated the meeting to have been about the passing of the contentious CAB and the issue of the final solution of the NSCN-IM. This is being said as per source from BJP Delhi Office.
Among the central leaders whom the Chief Minister met were Prime Minister Narendra Modi, National General Secretary Bupendra Yadav, Newly appointed General Secretary B.L. Santosh and BJP National President Amit Shah. Manipur BJP President K. Bhavananda and PWD Minister Th. Bishwajit also joined the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh while meeting the BJP Central leaders.
As per an official who accompanied the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, the central BJP leaders had fixed another meeting on October 2, as no decision could be taken yesterday.
The source further added that the central BJP leadership is preparing to meet out any eventuality that might come out in the state of Manipur in the aftermath of the passing of the CAB Bill and as no concrete decision could be taken another meeting has been fixed on October 2.
Meanwhile, dissident MLAs who have been campaigning at New Delhi urging the central BJP leadership for change of Chief Minister are living on prayer waiting for a final decision of the Central BJP leaders.
It may be mentioned that Works Minister Th. Bishwajit did not stay at Manipur Bhavan. Some other MLAs and Ministers who are in Delhi have also not registered at any of the Manipur House. However, Education Minister Radeshyam, MLA Lukhoi, MLA Robindro, MLA Sushindro and MLA Surchandra stayed at the same Manipur Bhavan that Chief Minister N. Biren Singh stayed.
On the other hand BJP senior member Th. Chaoba and H. Borababu stayed at Tikendrajit Bhawan.
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