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    Biren Sing-led Manipur Govt will Complete its Term: Ram Madhav

    CBI quizzed former chief minister Ibobi Singh for almost three hours in Imphal in connection with alleged misappropriation of Rs 332 crore

    Guwahati: Signaling an end of the crisis in Manipur, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav on Wednesday claimed that the Biren Singh led BJP government in Manipur would complete its term.

    Madhav, BJP’s key person in charge of the northeastern states, arrived in Imphal on Wednesday as the party started to fix its relation with its regional ally of National People’s Party (NPP), which had withdrawn its support from the government earlier.

    The BJP general secretary said that though questions of the stability of the government were raised, the ruling government would hold on to its ground till 2022.

    Madhab said, “I can assure that Biren Singh government will run till 2022 (when next Assembly election will be held).”

    Echoing similar tunes, Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh also said that the differences between the ministers were only a ‘family issue’ and would be resolved shortly.

    Earlier, the NPP leaders walked out of the government accusing Biren Singh’s government an autocratic one. They complained of not being heard and addressed by the chief minister.

    North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convener Himanta Biswa Sarma who was also roped into resolved the matter between BJP and NPP has been in constant touch with NPP chief and Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma.

    Sangma reportedly also tried to convince his party leaders. Sources said that the Manipur NPP leaders’ decision to back Congress’s former chief minister Ibobi Singh to form the next government in Manipur, might cost NPP hard in Meghalaya where Congress is its arch rival.

    On Tuesday, Sarma took the ‘angry’ four NPP MLAs from Manipur to Delhi to meet Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Sha. Sarma had said on Monday, “Manipur crisis will be resolved within 2-3 days.”

    Last week, the four NPP MLAs had withdrawn support from the N Biren Singh-led BJP government in Manipur. Five other legislators -three from the BJP, lone MLA of All India Trinamool Congress and an Independent, had also pulled out of the government.

    Sensing a chance, opposition Congress had roped in the nine rebels and formed a coalition called the Secular Progressive Front (SPF) and urged Governor Najma Heptullah to convene a special session of the assembly for taking up a no-confidence motion against the Biren Singh government.

    The day also saw, CBI quizzing former chief minister Ibobi Singh for almost three hours in Imphal. He was questioned by the agency at his residence in connection with alleged misappropriation of Rs 332 crore development funds between 2009 and 2017, when Singh was the chairman of the Manipur Development Society.

    The agency summoned him on Tuesday.

    The Congress alleged that it was a desperate attempt by the BJP government to harass Ibobi and save the BJP-led government in Manipur.


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