Manipur CM Biren Singh. (File Photo)
Newmai News Network
Imphal | June 13
Even as 17 BJP MLAs in Manipur is reported to have submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister and the Union Home minister to remove N Biren Singh as Chief Minister, the latter has taken over the charges of Finance, Public Works and Power departments. There are 21 BJP MLAs in Manipur.
In the wake of financial crunch, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Thursday took over the charges of three key portfolios – finance, public works and power departments, said an official statement.
The charge of finance including taxation and excise was removed from the portfolio of deputy chief minister Y Joykumar while public works and power departments were removed from minister Th Bishwajit Singh’s portfolio.
The official statement issued by the secretary to chief minister on Thursday said that the chief minister taking over the charges of three key departments was taken up after a cabinet meeting convened by the chief minister to discuss about the grim financial situation of the state.
Mention may be made here that the Reserved Bank of India (RBI) has banned withdrawal of fund from the state government’s account with effect from June 12.
While imposing the ban, the RBI stated that the government account has overdrawn in excess of the arrangements agreed upon with RBI.
A highly reliable source in the state finance department put the overdraft amount of the state government at around Rs 274.46 crore.
A cabinet meeting held on Wednesday last authorised the chief minister to take all necessary disciplinary actions to imbibe a culture of financial prudence and propriety in key government departments.
The removal of key departments from the deputy chief minister and the cabinet minister came up amidst reported power struggle and the attempt to replace N Biren Singh as chief minister within the BJP, the party leading the coalition government.
A local media reported that 17 MLAs of the BJP had submitted a petition to the Prime Minister and the party national president who was inducted as home minister Amit Shah pressing the replacement of Biren Singh as the chief minister. The 17 MLAs are reportedly camping in New Delhi to meet with BJP national leaders to materialise their demand.
Meanwhile, state chief minister N Biren Singh and speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly have separately dashed to New Delhi on Thursday.
Reliable sources said that the chief minister dashed to the national capital to meet with party leaders to resolve the prevailing power tussle within the party in the state.
However, the speaker took a flight to New Delhi after he was summoned by the national leaders of the party to discuss on the prevailing political unrest within the ruling party, another source said.