NEW DELHI : Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma’s National People’s Party will continue to support the BJP-led government in Manipur, Assam minister and the BJP troubleshooter in the northeast, Himanta Biswa Sarma has tweeted.
The change of heart of the MLAs who quit the BJP-led coalition government in the northeast state earlier this month, bringing it to the brink of collapse came after they had a meeting with BJP chief JP Nadda and Union home minister Amit Shah in Delhi, Mr Sarma posted in the micro blogging site.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh’s government was thrown into turmoil earlier this month after nine MLAs including four from key ally NPP, three from the BJP, the lone Trinamool Congress MLA and Independent MLA withdrew support.
The NPP legislators including the state’s former Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar Singh and cabinet ministers N Kayisii, L Jayanta Kumar Singh and Letpao Haokip — were flown to Delhi this morning.
The NPP MLAs had joined hands with arch-rival Congress to form the Secular Progressive Front or SPF. Blaming the BJP’s high-handed behavior for the rift, they had vowed never to change their mind.
In April, Yumnam Joykumar Singh was stripped of his portfolios by Chief Minister Biren Singh following a controversy over rice allocation under the National Food Security Act during the lockdown. All four MLAs had indicated that they wanted Chief Minster N Biren Singh out.
The BJP went into damage control mode after the Congress met the Governor and demanded a floor test. Mr Biswa Sarma and senior BJP leader Ram Madhav were deputed for crisis management. After a ,meeting with the rebels yesterday, Mr Sarma told reporters that the situation needed intervention by the party’s top leadership.
A CBI team that landed in Guwahati yesterday has been questioning former Chief Minster Okram Ibobi Singh, who was leading the SPF, in a Rs 322 crore scam.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has summoned former Manipur CM and Congress leader Ibobi Singh in connection with the alleged Rs 332-crore Manipur Development Society scam, ThePrint has learnt.
The move comes at a time when the BJP is struggling to retain power in Manipur, after nine ruling coalition members, including four ministers, resigned last week. According to sources in the CBI, Ibobi will be questioned in Imphal Wednesday along with the four retired IAS officers, also named in the same case.
According to the CBI, Singh, as the chairman of Manipur Development Society from 30 June 2009 to 6 July 2017, in conspiracy with others, misappropriated government funds to the tune of Rs 332 crore out of the total amount of Rs 518 crore.
The agency had registered a case against Singh and the IAS officers — the then chairman of MDS, Y. Ningthem Singh, former project director D.S. Poonia, P.C. Lawmuknga, and O. Nabakishore Singh — in November last year on the complaint of the BJP-led Manipur government, for alleged misappropriation of public funds.
The NPP MLAs had joined fingers with arch-rival Congress to kind the Secular Progressive Entrance or SPF. Blaming the BJP’s large-handed behavior for the rift, they experienced vowed hardly ever to adjust their thoughts.
In April, Yumnam Joykumar Singh was stripped of his portfolios by Chief Minister Biren Singh next a controversy above rice allocation below the National Foodstuff Protection Act in the course of the lockdown. All 4 MLAs experienced indicated that they preferred Main Minster N Biren Singh out.
The BJP went into injury handle mode right after the Congress satisfied the Governor and demanded a floor check.
(With Agency Inputs ).