CM takes Covid test, says political feud will end
IMPHAL, 3rd Jul: Chief minister N Biren Singh has said that there is no intervention by central leaders in functioning of the BJP-led coalition government and present political issues will be resolved in such a way favourable to all parties.
The CM accompanied by MLA RK Imo, chief secretary Dr J Sureshbabu and four staff of CM secretariat returned from New Delhi Friday on a chartered flight and all of them tested negative of COVID-19.
Soon after the chartered flight landed at 4.30pm at Bir Tikendrajit international airport, doctors of JNIMS microbiology department collected swab samples of CM Biren, MLA RK Imo, chief secretary Sureshbabu and officials accompanying CM to Delhi visit. When the results returned after around one hour, all of them tested negative of COVID-19. When chief minister N Biren Singh came out of airport lounge holding a copy COVID-19 test result, media persons waiting for him for several hours queried him on the prevailing political tension in the state.
In his response, the chief minister said his Delhi visit was a delightful experience as national leaders including BJP president JP Nadda and home minister Amit Shah conveyed gratitude to people of Manipur on election of titular Sanajaoba Leishemba as a member of Rajya Sabha.
Regarding the political chaos in the state, the chief minister said that there is no question of BJP government at the Centre interfering in the affairs of the BJP coalition government in the state. However, advice and suggestions of national leaders are required and hence visited the national capital, he said and iterated that the present political problem would be resolved amicably.
He also informed that no approval was given to resignation of four NPP ministers from the government.
On a query over providing Z-plus category security cover to him by Ministry of Home Affairs, the chief minister said he was surprised over granting such a security cover to him and Home minister Amit Shah intimated the same to him at Delhi. However, security agencies might have collected several intelligence reports before granting such security cover, Biren opined. The chief minister also said that he will strictly follow COVID-19 protocol of state government and take up precaution by maintaining self-distancing.