After two BJP MLAs tendered their resignations, another BJP MLA Paonam Brojen on Thursday submitted his resignation from chairmanship of Manipur Development Society, citing personal reason.
"I tender my resignation from the post of chairman, Manipur Development Society (MDS) due to some pesonal grounds," Brojen mentioned in his resignation letter submitted to Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Thursday.
Paonam Brojen was elected as MLA in the 2012 Manipur Legislative Assembly election from Wangjing Tentha assembly constituency.
A video clip was also uploaded on social media, elaborating the personal reason behind the resignation.
In the video, MLA, Paonam Brojen said after the coming of the BJP government in Manipur in 2017, developmental works for some assembly constituencies were taken up under the chief minister's instruction by taking into confidence more than 20 MLAs in 2021.
Administrative approval for the said works were already given by the government and the said MLAs had assured their local contractors to undertake the works. However, the work orders for the said works were cancelled in the current BJP reign citing financial constraints, he added.
After the coming of BJP 2.0, he along with some MLAs met with chief minister N Biren Singh to clear the pending amounts, and in 2022 the state cabinet decided to issue the pending bills of 2021 developmental works, he said. He was tasked by the chief minister to take charge and to sort out the issue with those MLAs whose bills are pending for the 2021 works.
During an enquiry, there were over 20 MLAs whose bills got pending with approximately Rs 5 crore each and it is not still being cleared, he added.
He raised the issue with the chief secretary and after conducting a meeting chaired by himself, the chief secretary instructed the commissioners and other high ranking officials to complete the file work within 15 days. However, nearly 3 months had passed and not a single rupee was released, he added.
“Due to the untimely release of funds from the government, I am not able to stay at my home as many of the sub-contractors who were engaged in the work started to frequently ask for payment of the pending money,” said MLA Brojen.
As a result of the uncleared bills, he was even asked by his constituents to clear the bills first when he went to request them to listen to Prime Minister's Mann ki Baat.
“As I failed to bring any developmental work for the people due to the untimely issue of funds, I decided to resign from the post of the chairman of MDS. There is no political maneuver in my resignation,” said Brojen.
He said that any individual before giving political remarks in connection with the resignation should give their comment cautiously.
He further said that he will be prepared to support the Lok Sabha MP Election and assured to support BJP Lok Sabha MP Election candidates.
Earlier on April 17, MLA Karam Shyam submitted his resignation letter to Chief Minister N Biren Singh. Shyam resigned as chairman, Manipur State Tourism Development Corporation.
The resignation letter read “I tender my resignation from the post of chairman, Tourism Corporation of Manipur Limited as I have not been assigned any responsibility as a chairman”.
The resignation news of Karam Shyam went viral on social media. A video clip elaborating the reason for the resignation was widely circulated.
In the video clip, he expressed that “a leader should be committed and sincere instead of threatening the followers. If such threats occurred frequently then an eruption of a revolt among the followers is a must... Manipur is becoming a corruption-free state but, in corruption, only the giver and the takers will know."
Prior to Shyam's resignation, Heirok MLA Th Radheshyam resigned from the post of advisor to chief minister, citing lack of responsibilities.
Radheshyam had voiced a similar disappointment with the leadership in his resignation letter.
The leaders were cabinet ministers in the previous BJP-led government under Chief Minister N Biren Singh till they were shunted out in a mid-term reshuffle.