Imphal: The BJP MLAs camping in Delhi against the Manipur Chief Minister has brought a new twist to the politics of the state.
The BJP came to power in the northeastern state of Manipur with a landslide victory in last year’s assembly elections. Out of the total 60 constituencies, the BJP has won 32 seats and Brine Singh has been elected as the Chief Minister on behalf of the BJP. Currently, 12 MLAs from his own party have camped against him in Delhi to meet senior party leaders.
What is the problem?: Herog Constituency BJP MLA Thokshom Radeshyam Singh, who was political advisor to the Manipur Chief Minister, resigned from the post on April 13. Later today, Langtapal Constituency MLA Karam Shyam resigned as the Chairman of Manipur Tourism Corporation. In his resignation letter written by Karam Shyam, he had said, “I am resigning from the post of President of Manipur Tourism Corporation as I have not been given any responsibility as President.”
Shyam did not stop there, pointing out that although he was appointed to the post in December, he had not yet been given the responsibility. “A leader should be honest with his followers and not threaten them. If threats are frequent, rebellion will erupt.
“Manipur is becoming a corruption-free state, but here only the corrupt giver and buyer know,” he criticized the Manipur BJP leadership.
All the 12 MLAs camped in Delhi belong to the Kuki community. The Kuki community is a tribal tribe belonging to the hilly region of Manipur state. It is said that this community, which is playing an important role in the development of Manipur BJP, created many problems during the previous government led by Ibobi Singh and caused a crisis to the government.
Now, the main reason for raising the flag of war against the Brin Singh leadership is that the Brin Singh government recently called off the pact with the Kuki rebel groups. This is an agreement regarding cessation of operations against Kuki insurgent groups. The main allegation of the disgruntled MLAs is that the Kuki people living in the hills are facing problems as the government has stopped the operation against the insurgent groups.
The disaffected party has approached the BJP central leadership with demands to rectify these and change the chief minister and change the state cabinet. There are two ministerial posts vacant in Brain Singh’s cabinet. It has been reported by the opposition that the Kuki community MLAs have taken measures to target this.
Accordingly, “BJP is stable in Manipur and Northeast due to the national leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, but we are facing some problems due to the leadership of the state BJP and the state government. The leadership in Manipur is not democratic, it is more like a monarchy.
They joined BJP because of the promise of bringing development to their region. But that hasn’t happened yet. We want the issues to be resolved as the 2024 elections approach,” said a disgruntled MLA.
The BJP central leadership has initiated talks with the disaffected MLAs to resolve the issues.