Those camping at Delhi are power hungry MLAs – Minister L. Susindro
Imphal, Apr 18:
The N. Biren Singh led BJP government in the state is in trouble water as some BJP MLAs are up against his leadership and brought the issue to the notice of the central BJP leaders.
Report said that as many as 12 BJP MLAs are camping in Delhi urging the central leadership to change the Chief Minister. However, PHED Minister L. Susindro said that only four MLAs are camping to change Chief Minister.
Besides the BJP officials, PHED Minister of the Government of Manipur L. Susindro had confirmed that at least four BJP MLAs are camping in New Delhi against the Chief Minister.
During a telephonic conversation with reporters here in Imphal, Susindro said that those MLAs camping in New Delhi are power-hungry MLAs. He also said that such a move by those MLAs is not going to give any impact to the present N. Biren Singh led government in the state.
Uripok MLA Khwairakpam Raghumani, who is among the four BJP MLA from Manipur camping in Delhi, posted a picture on a facebook page ‘Raghumani for Uripok’ showing the group meeting Union Minister of State for North East B L Verma.
“They (Thokchom Radheshyam Singh, Karam Shyam, Paonam Brojen and Raghumani) discussed the border and developmental issues of Manipur,” the post said.
Earlier, reacting to the new development, another BJP MLA, RK Imo Singh, on his official Facebook account that “we all are bound by a particular ideology/constitution of the political party we belong to. As Legislators, we have a bounded duty to work as per the programmes and decision of that government/party. One may complain and take the dispute against the leader of the govt/party/minister to the appropriate authority, but not take that dispute to the media as that amounts to attract disciplinary action being taken up against the complainant.” The trip to Delhi to meet national leaders came a day after BJP MLA Karam Shyam of Langthabal constituency had tendered his resignation on Monday from the chairmanship of Tourism Corporation Manipur Limited complaining that he had “not been assigned any responsibility”.
Earlier, on April 8, BJP MLA Thokchom Radheshyaam of Heirok constituency, had tendered his resignation from the post of Advisor to the CM citing a similar grievance.
Besides the MLAs from the valley, several BJP MLAs from the Kuki tribe are also believed to be camping in the national capital.
Paolienlal Haokip, a Kuki MLA from Saikot in Kuki majority Churachandpur had recently expressed dissent over the government policies related to eviction of Kuki villagers from reserved forest areas, Haokip had asked “without a proper settlement policy of the state to accommodate the state’s growing population, is it right to evict settlements in earlier wetlands (which have been) surreptitiously declared Reserved and Protected Forests?”
He added that the state needs a “proper settlement policy for both the Hills and the Valley, not erratic, whimsical and targetted evictions. Matters of policy needs to be discussed within the cabinet and the Assembly, not at the whims and fancies of one person.” Haokip also raised question’s over “the government’s role to bring peace and harmony between communities living within the state” and sought to know whether entire communities were being demonised.
Some powerful Kuki outfits are demanding solution to the Kuki political problem, including greater power for Hills people and a separate administration.
The Kuki tribe is represented by ten MLAs in Manipur Legislative Assembly of whom seven are BJP MLAs.