Despite dissenting voices and resignations, PHED Minister L Sushildro @ Yaima has exuded confidence that the recent events would not have any effect on the government led by N Biren Singh while terming the dissenters as "power-hungry" politicians.
Minister Yaima discounted the reports that as many as 12 BJP MLAs are camping in Delhi urging for central leadership change and that only four MLAs are camping to change the chief minister.
While interacting with reporters here in Imphal, minister Sushildro said that those MLAs camping in New Delhi are power hungry MLAs, they are crazy for power.
The minister said that such camping or resignation by those MLAs is not going to give any impact to the present N Biren Singh-led government in the state.
Regarding the reshuffle of the BJP government, the minister said that nothing will happen. They may not know that the BJP has its own principle and structure, they have bypassed those principles.
“As there are 55 MLAs in the government, only four will not affect the government, they are just making noise”, minister Sushindro said, adding that reshuffle will be decided by the party.
While the rebel MLAs claim that they have around 10-15 members supporting them, others have not voiced dissent against the Biren Singh government.
Most of the supposed rebel MLAs belong to the Kuki community and they are reportedly upset over the Manipur government’s decision to suspend the SoS agreement of 2008 with the Kuki rebel groups.
In 2008, Assam Rifles signed an agreement of suspension of operation with Kuki rebel group for AR convenience. So, the state cabinet decided to withdraw the SoO with Kuki rebel groups after discussion, he said.
Meanwhile, the state BJP leadership has said that it is mulling disciplinary action against the dissenting MLAs.
While the rebel leaders stationed in Delhi have not yet got an appointment with the Central leadership, BJP’s Manipur in-charge Sambit Patra is likely to reach Imphal to have a discussion with state leadership to defuse the crisis.