Sanajaoba Leishemba in race for Modi cabinet!
IMPHAL, 2nd Aug: With Narendra Modi cabinet likely to be expanded in the coming week, speculations are doing the round that titular king of Manipur Sanajaoba Leishemba and Himanta Biswa Sarma of Assam could be inducted though NPP leader Agatha Sangma from Meghalaya appears to be the strongest contenders from the northeast.
Sanajaoba emerged victorious in a tightly contested Rajya Sabha election held recently.
The Modi cabinet is likely to be expanded soon after Bhoomi Puja (ceremony) for the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya scheduled for August 5.
As per a report of NE Now, several BJP units in the North-eastern states have claimed that two ministerial berths ‘in the likely expansion are to be from the region.’
“Not for nothing the party pulled off all stops to help win its Rajya Sabha nominee from Manipur, Leishemba Sanajaoba. He is a strong contender,” a state BJP leader claimed. Sanajaoba recently met Amit Shah in New Delhi.
Several BJP leaders of the region claim that the other person to be picked by Modi “will be from Assam”. Speculation is rife that it is none other than Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Though leaders in the state are not ready to officially speak about it, none of them refuted it when asked about it. “Sarma has been trying to go to Delhi for some time. There is nothing new in it. But the point is, the state is going to polls in early 2021 and it is not likely to be smooth sailing for the party because of the massive protest against the CAA. So we need him here too,” a senior Assam BJP unit leader said.
Meanwhile, The Wire News reported “It is almost certain that Ram Madhav will be removed from the responsibilities of the northeast,” a source close to the RSS claimed. Making use of his clout, a number of people associated with Madhav’s India Foundation were also made ‘advisor’ or ‘political advisor’ to various chief ministers in the north eastern states. Their salaries were paid by the government.
“The Sangh is not too happy with him for trying to make use of his organisational position to benefit his own organisation,” the source claimed.
On July 31, Priyang Pandey, one such advisor to the Nagaland chief minister Neiphu Rio, put in his papers.
During the recent Rajya Sabha polls, some media reports said Ram Madhav was a likely candidate of the party for a Rajya Sabha seat from Uttar Pradesh but it turned out to be otherwise.