Friday, March 11th, 2016

Manipur chief minister confronted with protest

Narada Desk | March 11, 2016 12:30 pm Print

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After Arunachal Pradesh, now is the turn of Manipur’s Chief Minister, Okram Ibobi Singh to face protest with over 25 party legislators up against him.

A record in Manipur shows that in the 2012 assembly polls, the Congress sacked 42 seats in the 60-member house.

The protests in the Congress have proved to be a warning to Ibobi Singh, asking them to either acquaint them in the ministry or face the music.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi has summoned Ibobi Singh to New Delhi for discussions.

For months, the dissidents had been demanding a major reshuffle so that they could be inducted after dropping the present ministers.

This time the protesters are understood to have hinted they may join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) if their demands were not conceded.

State BJP president Thounaojam Chaoba said, “We have a long list of the Congress members who are seeking admission to the party. We may come out with the detailed list soon.”

Ibobi Singh has been in power for 14 long years, and Congress dissidents say the wind in the state now favours the BJP.

A protester said, “At the time of installing the last ministry, Ibobi Singh assured us that the present ministers will be in power for two and a half years, after which new faces will be inducted.

“This time, we may look for greener pastures. There is no charm remaining merely as legislators.”

Sonia Gandhi has reportedly taken a serious note of the demands of the dissidents, whose number is said to be increasing.

Most of them are camping in New Delhi seeking an audience with her.

A senior Manipur minister, told that a major reshuffle was practically difficult than said.

According to him, there were some tribal ministers who cannot be replaced. Besides, there were 11 ministers excluding the chief minister, and it will be no easy task to select new ministers.

Manipur  polls start in February 2017.

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