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Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham

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.

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Manipur’s 1st Lokayukta Chairperson sworn in retired justice T. Nandakumar Singh as Chairperson

Imphal, June 19,

 Justice (Retd) T. Nandakumar Singh was today sworn-in as the first Chairperson of the Manipur Lokayukta along with Justice (Retd) Basu Deo Agarwal and Ameising Luikham, IAS (Retd) as Judicial Member and Non Judicial Member respectively. Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly appointed Chairperson and members at the swearing-in-ceremony held at the Darbar hall of  Raj Bhavan, Imphal.

The ceremony was attended by Council of Ministers’ led by Th. Biswajit Singh, L. Jayantakumar Singh,  Karam Shyam, Th. Shyamkumar Singh,  V. Hangkhanlian, and MLA Khasim Vashum. Chief Information Commissioner Dr. Soibam Ibocha Singh, State Information Commissioner Oinam Sunil, Acting Chairperson, Manipur State Human Rights Commission, Khaidem Mani were in attendance. Chief Secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu, Director General of Police L.M. Khaute and other senior officials of civil and police of the state government were also present during the ceremony.
Speaking to media persons, after the swearing-in ceremony, newly appointed Chairperson Justice (Retd) T. Nandakumar Singh said that Lokayukta will take up complaints filed against ministers and senior IAS officers. Every complaint will not be entertained and only those genuine complaints will be taken into consideration after preliminary enquiry. Lokayukta is a quasi judiciary authority for transparent administration of the State Government.  Lokayukta is for the people and it will work for the interest of the public, he added.
Mentioned may be made that appointment of Manipur Lokayukta Chairperson and members was published in Manipur Gazette notification dated,  13th May, 2019.

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Chief Minister N. Biren Singh returns; leaves airport without facing reporters

IT News
Imphal, June 19,

The air is still thick in the N. Biren Singh led government, as the political crisis remain unsolved even after meeting various leaders of the BJP Central leadership.  Suspicious over deepening of the crisis was suspected as Chief Minister N. Biren Singh who arrived here in Imphal today afternoon refused to meet reporters who have been waiting for him at Imphal airport.
As per Imphal Times reporters, the flight where CM came landed around 1.55 pm today.

Several media persons waited for him at the Tulihal airport and unfortunately he neither came out from the main exit where everyone came out nor meets the media persons.
Instead he came out from another gate where his vehicle got inside the air field and take him straight away leaving behind all the media persons and their queries.
It is hard to understand on why the Chief Minister didn’t talk to reporters who have been waiting for him at airports for hours curious to know the political development  at this crucial hours. The battle between Minister N. Bishwajit and CM N. Biren is now crystal clear and in addition to source with Imphal Times, Minister Bishwajit had yesterday stated that it is the central leadership that will decide and settle the issue. As the ball is now in the court of the central leadership CM Biren might thought talking to reporters may deepen the crisis more.  

Ajay Jamwal arrives
Meanwhile, North East Zonal General Secretary Organisation of the BJP , Ajay Jamwal also arrived at Imphal today. He arrived at Imphal airport at 11 .45 am. The BJP leader also refuse to give any comment regarding the political crisis in Manipur.

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Pouring anger to media won’t help solving the crisis

Every person in the state knows that there is a political crisis going on in the BJP led Coalition government after some Ministers and MLAs of the BJP revolted and submit memorandum to the Central BJP leaderships for change of Chief Minister. The differences and the revolt against Chief Minister by some Ministers and MLAs is a fact and have been in the public domain since June 4 cabinet meeting held at Ukhrul district head quarter. The cracks become clearer after the removal of key portfolios from Dy. CM Y. Joykumar and Minister Bishwajit. State media being a keen observer of the development collected news regarding the political crisis erupted in the state government using various sources to make sure that people of the state remain informed on what has been going on in the state political theatre. Journalists’ main duty is to inform public on the truth that has been happening around us.
From various sources and series of event that have been taken place in the BJP led government since its formation in March 2017, media people have notice unfriendly wind blowing over the differences among the BJP top profile MLAs over leadership issue. Disappointment to some MLAs of the BJP over not getting ministerial berth has been kitchen talk for quite a long time after key portfolios have been offered to coalition partners legislators. It was lack of proper evidences that media were keeping the matter underneath without disclosing to the public as media people knows publication of such news without proper evidences would be equivalent to misleading the people as well as confusing the members and legislators of the BJP, which is now recognized as one of the largest and most discipline political party in the world. 
Political crisis in the state evolved after some Ministers and MLAs of the BJP reportedly submitted a memorandum to their central leader for change of chief Minister as there are differences to the continuation of N. Biren Singh as Chief Minister. The MLAs out rightly stated for replacement of Chief Minister even though they have not mention a specific name on whom to replace N. Biren Singh.
If a group of legislators of the same party revolted against their leader and demanded removal, the media people coin the word ‘dissidents’. Dissidents, as per dictionary meaning are those who disagree.  Are not the Ministers and the MLAs of the BJP who have submitted petition for change of Chief Minister ‘Dissidents’? 
The ongoing crisis in the BJP led coalition government is not provoked by the media. State media only reported that is happening. And attempting to pamper the image of the media who only performed their duty by saying that there are no dissidents and it is the media that mislead and tried to make confusion to the public, is nothing but a desperate attempt to rape the sanctity of media.  
Well as of now, all those dissidents have returned and Chief Minister of Manipur too has returned today, but the crisis remained unsolved. Putting all blame to media for unwanted things happening in their family will not help in solving the issue amicably.
A crisis in the government over differences and rise of dissidents will only hindered all developmental works that are supposed to be taken up in the state. The crisis will also hinder in the state government effort to solve the issue of overdraft. Media people reported those happening in the government only wanted to let people know, so that those MLAs and Ministers who are revolting for power understand that peoples’ anger may cost their future career. All those reports appeared in the media are a message to the peoples’ representatives that “we are watching your every move and we know what you did and what you are planning to do”. Please stop blaming media.    


Political crisis remains unsettled; BJP Central leaders to review MLAs performance during the 17th Lok Sabha Election

IT News

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.

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