BJP MLA dares NPP ministers to resign
IMPHAL, 9th Apr: Reacting sharply to the alleged remark of deputy chief minister Y Joykumar that chief minister N Biren Singh tends to act instinctively on issues concerning NSFA rice distribution and whatever the CM says are not implementable, Lamsang MLA Sorokhaibam Rajen has asked NPP ministers of the BJP led coalition government to resign if they have the courage. If NPP ministers think the remark of CM N Biren Singh as words of an insane person, then they should have the courage to resign immediately from the cabinet led by an insane chief minister, MLA Rajen told media persons while reacting to alleged remark made by Y Joykumar regarding NSFA rice distribution in Uripok assembly constituency.
According to Rajen, rice allocation for priority card holders in Uripok assembly constituency is 916.45 quintal and another 353.15 quintal for AAY card holders thus totalling 1269.60 quintal. Uripok assembly constituency has a total of 23,032 voters and if 1269.60 quintal is distributed to them sincerely, each voter would get 5.50kg. If the same rice allocation is distributed to 31,740 people of the constituency including cardless and non-voters, each individual would get 4 kg each, he claimed.
If rice allocated for Uripok could not cover every individual of the constituency, then deputy CM could arrange rice with additional money to fulfil the need of every individual of the constituency and the matter could also be highlighted to the chief minister as other constituencies too are facing the same problem, Rajen said.
The Deputy CM could have managed the problem by purchasing additional rice from market instead of directing his anger to the people, Rajen said, adding the remark made by deputy CM against a responsible person and leader of the state was unbecoming of a politician. It was very unfortunate that deputy CM made such remarks as he is the one who takes charge of chief minister when CM is out of station, Rajen added.
Health minister L Jayantakumar, also elected on NPP ticket, too made challenging remark when a local BJP leader (RK Shivachandra) began rice distribution in Keishamthong assembly constituency during lockdown against COVID-19, Rajen pointed out, adding that RK Shivachandra could have procured rice from available sources to help people at the current crisis being a candidate for assembly election.
Rajen further said that BJP cannot tolerate remark made directly against the chief minister and coalition partners should work together under a common programme and limit.