Contours of the reshuffle in BJP led coalition in Manipur

Contours of the reshuffle in BJP led coalition in Manipur

5 Manipur MLAs who resigned from Congress join BJP in Delhi : The Tribune  India
File Photo: Congress MLAs joining BJP

Imphal, September 22 2020:
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh is up for a major cabinet reshuffle very soon as reported  earlier.

Chief Minister N Biren and BJP Manipur Pradesh president S Tikendra returned to Imphal this evening after meeting many BJP Central leaders including party president JP Nadda at Delhi yesterday. Congress MLA RK Imo and ex-MLA Md Abdul Nasir also came back to Imphal along with them.

Five persons are likely to be inducted in the Council of Ministers. 

The list of probable names who are likely to be inducted into cabinet are:

  1. Thokchom Satyabrata, BJP MLA
  2. Leisangthem Sushindro Meitei, BJP MLA OR Vungzagin Valte, BJP MLA
  3. Okram Henry Singh , Ex-MLA from Congress who recently joined BJP  
  4. Oinam Lukhoi Singh, Ex-MLA from Congress who recently joined BJP
  5. Yumnam Khemchand, Assembly Speaker & BJP MLA is also likely to join the cabinet  

Current Speaker is likely to be replace by another non-BJP MLA. 

In order to accommodate these 5 ministers  into the cabinet, Chief Minister N Biren will soon be asking for resignations from the from the existing ministers. Probable minister who will asked to resign from Council of Ministers are:

  1.  Nemcha Kipgen, Social Welfare Minister,BJP MLA from Kangpokpi
  2. Thokchom Radheshyam, Education Minister, BJP MLA Heirok
  3. Hangkhanlian, Agriculture Minister, BJP MLA Churachandpur
  4. Letpao Haokip, Youth Affairs and Sports Minister, NPP MLA
  5. L Jayantakumar,  Health & Family Welfare, NPP MLA

Out of the incumbent 11 Cabinet Ministers, five or six are likely to be replaced.

There are 12 Cabinet Ministers including the Chief Minister. They include four each from BJP and NPP, two from NPF and one from LJP.

However, a dialogue and an understanding is required before stripping NPP of two Ministerial berths. If one or two Ministerial berth(s) is/are stripped of NPP without its consent, the party may walk out of the BJP-led coalition, the sources added.

Interestingly a resignation letter purportedly signed by V Hangkhanlian went viral on the social media today evening, but when contacted the MLA rubbished the viral post and added that he had not written any such ‘resignation letter addressed to anybody’ .