Individual-based issue: Conrad on Manipur turmoil
SHILLONG, 18th Jun: Meghalaya Chief Minister and NPP National President, Conrad K Sangma, on Thursday, maintained that the political turmoil in Manipur will not have any impact on the coalition in Meghalaya.
While addressing reporters, Conrad said that the decision and situation in Manipur has a lot to do with the leadership there.
“It is more of an individual-based issue. Therefore, it will not have any impact in Meghalaya,” he said.
Conrad also stated that the resignation of three BJP MLAs had triggered a series of political events in Manipur.
“Things flared up after the three BJP MLAs resigned,” he added.
He informed that the matter is being discussed with the party MLAs and a decision on how to move forward will be taken thereafter. The NPP president has also directed two party leaders from Nagaland and Mizoram to review the situation in Manipur and to submit a report at the earliest. Meanwhile, the President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Manipur unit, Prahlad Singh Patel, said that neither the party nor the Legislative Assembly has taken any action against the resignation of the three MLAs.
Conrad also agreed that there had indeed been some differences with the leadership of the state.
"The NPP had withdrawn support yesterday (Wednesday) after 3 BJP members resigned from the primary membership of the party. There has been a bit of friction and differences between the leadership of the state and NPP ministers and MLAs of the state," said Sangma in a video interview to EastMojo.
"We brought this to the notice of the central leadership in the Centre and we tried to resolve this to a large extent, and efforts were on. But in the end, the resolution of the BJP MLAs itself finally triggered the entire sequence of events," added Sangma.
So now, all the MLAs of the NPP have decided not to support the BJP government in Manipur, Sangma said, adding: "I'm in touch with them and will see how to move forward."
"Financial secretaries have been asked to visit Manipur and meet the leaders concerned and submit their reports," he added.
His comments came a day after four members of the NPP, a coalition party of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in the Manipur, including health minister L Jayantakumar Singh, deputy chief minister Y Joykumar Singh, tribal affairs minister N Kayisii and YAS minister Letpao Haokip, withdrew support on Wednesday,