Dy CM attends office for one & half hour
IMPHAL, 7th Jul: In what could be seen as a testimony to the end of feud between BJP and NPP in the state, deputy chief minister Y Joykumar turned up at his secretariat office and stayed there for about one and half hour on Tuesday afternoon.
Sources said that BJP national president JP Nadda and union home minister Amit Shah assured Joykumar of handing over the charge of Home portfolio during their meeting in the national capital, which settled the stalemate and brought back NPP into the fold of the BJP-led government in the state. However, the cabinet department of the state secretariat issued an order on Sunday reinstating the portfolios of finance, science & technology, and statistics to the deputy chief minister. NPP has expressed dissatisfaction over the failure on the part of BJP to uphold its end of the bargain.
Mention may be made here that the deputy chief minister has been skipping his office since he and other three colleagues of NPP walked out of the coalition government on June 17. On Tuesday, he came to the secretariat office around 3.30 pm and left at 5 pm. Sources further said that he spoke with officials of finance department there. However, there is no confirmation if he processed any official assignments related with the departments under his charge. On the other hand, there is no report of health & family welfare minister L Jayantakumar, fisheries minister N Kayisii and water resources minister Letpao Haokip attending their respective offices.
Meanwhile, a meeting of NPP Manipur unit’s executive committee was held at the residence of state president Thangminlen Kipgen on Tuesday. The meeting reportedly discussed the portfolios given to Y Joykumar and how they would consult the party leaders over the differences between assurance given by the BJP leaders and portfolios given to the deputy CM. However, there is no report of taking any concrete resolution during the meeting and the party is likely to hold another round of meeting on Wednesday.