Imphal: Amidst speculations of rift in the Biren Singh government, the Manipur unit of BJP held a crucial closed door meeting of the sitting party legislators at its head office in Imphal today.
One cabinet minister and three legislators did not attend the meeting. They were reportedly outside the state.
The ruling BJP has 37 MLAs including five MLAs of JD(U) who joined the party.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, chief minister N Biren Singh said that the minister and the three other MLAs are on leave on personal grounds.
He said that the minister left Imphal today for Indore and he had applied for leave for a tour. The three MLAs also took leave on medical grounds, according to the chief minister.
Biren said that there is no leadership crisis in his government. He refuted reports that said that there is rift within the party legislators.
“No crisis” in his government, the chief minister said in response to another query from the reporters.
The chief minister said that today’s meeting was convened to discuss the upcoming 100th episode of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s radio show Mann Ki Baat.
He said that Mann Ki Baat will complete its 100th edition on April 30 (Sunday). The state BJP is going to organize a grand function at Loktak Project to commemorate the occasion.
The commemoration functions will be held across all the districts of the state where BJP members and workers will arrange it. The meeting mainly discussed the upcoming occasion, the chief minister said.
It may be mentioned here that cop-turned politician Thokchom Radheshyam who was elected from Heirok assembly constituency on BJP ticket quit as the advisor to the chief minister citing that he was not given any responsibility while MLA Karam Shyam tendered his resignation as a chairman of Tourism Corporation Manipur Limited complaining that he had “not been assigned any responsibility”. Few days later, following the suit, Paonam Brojen who was elected from Wangjing-Tentha constituency of Thoubal district tendered his resignation as chairman of the Manipur Development Society (MDS).