CM Biren meets Nadda; Prof Tikendra, Th Biswajit asked to reach Delhi

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 18th Aug: Chief Minister N Biren met BJP national president JP Nadda on Tuesday as part of their plan to meet central leaderships of the party to discuss the political development in the state.
Meanwhile, BJP Manipur Pradesh president S Tikendra and works minister Th Biswajit would be heading to the national capital on Wednesday after the party’s central leaders asked for their participation in a meeting with the six Congress MLAs, who resigned from memberships of both the state legislative assembly and INC recently.
Ex-MLAs O Lukhoi, O Henry, P Brojen, Md Abdul Nasir, Ngamthang Haokip and Ginsuanhau Zou left Imphal in a chartered flight along with chief minister N Biren on Sunday. Congress MLA RK Imo also boarded the same flight and went with them but he told media persons that he has his personal business and his trip to the national capital is not related with the visit of the CM and the six ex-MLAs.
A reliable source said that the CM met the party chief JP Nadda alone on Tuesday. As the party has to take tough decision regarding the candidature of the six ex-MLAs in the by-polls, the central leadership asked for participation of the party’s state president and works minister so that they could jointly discuss the matter.
The source further said that JP Nadda will meet the six ex-MLAs along with CM Biren, Professor S Tikenda and minister Th Biswajit on Wednesday. Membership of at least five MLAs is likely to be announced during the meeting along with the assurance to issue party ticket to them in the forthcoming by-election. However, another source said that the two party leaders were called in to discuss the issue of ministry reshuffle in the Biren cabinet in order to accommodate some of the ex-MLAs.
Meanwhile, it is said that appointing ministers before winning election is against the party’s conduct. Congress defectors in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh were given ministerial berths only after winning the by-poll and as such possibility of ministership to some of the ex-MLAs is unlikely.


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