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IMPHAL | SEPT 24, 2020:
Three more ministers from the Biren-led coalition government, who belonged to different parties, were dropped from the council of Ministers on Thursday.
They are Health Minister, L. Jayantakumar of the National People's Party (NPP), the Minister for Tribal and Hill Areas, N. Kayisii – also the interim President of NPP in Manipur, and the lone Lok Janshakti Party minister in the coalition government, Karam Shyam.
Karam Shyam served as the Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister in the Biren-led coalition government.
Earlier on Thursday, N. Biren Singh had dropped three ministers from his party BJP, namely Education Minister Th. Radheyshyam, Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen and V. Hangkhalian, minister of Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry.
Meanwhile, the newly inducted Ministers are MLA Sorokhaibam Rajen, MLA Thockchom Satyabrata, former MLA Oinam Lukhoi Singh, MLA Vungzagin Valte and former MLA Okram Henry.
Slamming the move, the state NPP secretary in-charge, Mutchu Mithi, told TNT-The Northeast Today that there are multiple reasons in politics and that Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, did not maintain political agreements.
"In a coalition government, the Chief Minister is responsible to take all the coalition partners along towards stable governance, those are the basic principles but the Chief Minister of Manipur seems to be running on the opposite route, he seems bent on creating divisions everywhere," he said.
Earlier, the NPP in Manipur had withdrawn support from the Biren Singh-led government days before the Rajya Sabha election back in June.
It took NPP National President Conrad Sangma, NEDA (North-East Democratic Alliance) convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma and the Centre's intervention to bring the ministers back into the fold.
According to official sources, the NPP's announcement to contest in the Manipur by-election may have upset the BJP.
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