Joy dares CM, threatens to expose council of ministers

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 20th Jul: Responding to Chief Minister N Biren’s comments on a 'veteran politician' during an event, seasoned politician O Joy has dared the CM to investigate whether he (Joy) had embezzled any funds aside from his hard-earned personal wealth.
The former law minister then enquired whether he should expose the illegal wealth amassed by the CM and his council of ministers.
Addressing a press meet held at his Kakwa residence on Monday, O Joy said that he has been in politics for around 34-35 years during which he served the people as an MLA, minister, speaker, opposition MLA and ruling MLA. Compared to him, CM Biren could be regarded as a newbie. The CM would not be able to play the role in his lifetime that he (Joy) has been able to carry out in public domain till date.
Contending that he is ready to give up politics and go to jail if he had embezzled funds during his entire political career, O Joy questioned whether CM Biren and his council of ministers are prepared to face the consequences if he (Joy) were to point out the illegal wealth being amassed by all of them, be it in their own names or in the names of their family members, all the while pretending to be the scions of patriotism.
"I am ready to have an open debate with the CM on the said matter at any time", he remarked.
The veteran politician went on to say that the people are well aware of the CM's character. He (CM) was unable to do anything when Manipur University (MU) was in crisis. At present, the delimitation issue is hovering over the state like a dark cloud. As such, it would be better for the CM to act in a dignified manner, instead of making statements that are unbecoming of the post which he holds, Joy said.
Meanwhile, Joy informed that he had submitted a memorandum to Governor Dr Najma Heptulla on Monday regarding the mentioning of CM N Biren, BJP VP M Asnikumar, top police officials, Judge, advocates of Bar Association, the CM's ‘wife’ Olish and former Chandel ADC chairman Lukhosei Zou in the Court affidavit of Addl SP Th Brinda in connection with a drug case.
Highlighting that the names mentioned in the affidavit are affiliated with BJP, the veteran politician questioned if the investigation would be able to remain influence-free, while the ruling government is led by BJP and also while N Biren continues to remain as the sitting CM. Thus, he urged the Governor through his memorandum to advise the CM to resign from his post or to dissolve the present government.
He further urged the Governor to send a report to the President regarding the issue.
"The ruling government had declared a 'war on drugs'. However, the present scene has left people speculating whether the 'big political guns' are the ones behind the scene, considering security personnel have no choice but to salute them", he remarked.


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