Ibobi Singh has left the building
In what could be termed as the surprise of the year, or in that matter for the last 15 years, the saffron brigade has chugged into town. The lotus has seemingly bloomed in Manipur, brushing aside all exit poll and leaving political gurus in the dust of the BJP wake.
When Prime Minister Modi attended the political rally at Lamshang and proudly boasted that this time the BJP will form the government in Manipur. One though that it may be a vain claim, post the announcement of results, BJP scored a huge number with 21 candidates and that turned out a very good figure. But, the Congress had 28 seats and was in a far upper hand to form the government. However, in an unimaginable way, the tables have turned and N Biren is sworn in as Chief Minister. As they say that there is nothing permanent like change and Okram Ibobi Singh has left the Heinoumakhong building.
One of the most talked about MLA in this recent election fallout is the Thangmeiband constituency candidate, Kh Joykishan Singh. Formerly, the face of BJP and a hero of sorts to the public with loud rhetoric and by even landing up inside the police lock-up during protest against the Congress government with Thongju MLA Th Biswajit by his side. He had recently joined the Congress fold, surprising most BJP followers with his blatant move. He managed to defeat his BJP rival, erstwhile Congress candidate Jyotin Waikhom by a slight margin. The word on the grapevine is that if Joykishan had hung in there, he would have been the Chief Ministerial candidate of the BJP or at the least bagged a cabinet berth with a plum portfolio. Thangmeiband constituency could have gained much in the process. Rather, he ended up with the opposition and is in no position of gaining a ministerial berth in this term even if Congress returns to power. N Biren’s leap of faith from the Congress to the BJP landed him Chief Minister-ship and Joykishan’s frog-leap ended up in a very messy situation. It is the talk of the town especially at Thangmeiband constituency.
Now with the present scenario, BJP needs to hold up its majority of 31 with the NPP, the NPF, LJP lone candidate and INC former candidate Th Shyamkumar. Word has it that all is not well at the saffron front also as the BJP elected all has eyes on the last 3 cabinet seats. To maintain the flock and prevent breakage, the BJP has shifted its camp to Gauhati and many of its elected are there presently. It remains to be seen who the three lucky individuals the BJP will award cabinet seats?
The alliance led by N Biren Singh is concentrating on resolving the economic blockade in its first endeavor. If Biren manages to pull this one off, it may further strengthen his government and along with that will come full boating rights.
An apprehension of top executives at present is when will the transfer and posting of various government officials be held, who will get transferred to where? It is all evident that Ibobi Singh and Gaikhangam had deputed his close and trusted ones in most pillars of democracy for smooth functioning. Now, it remains to be seen whether the saffron men will depute theirs for the obvious. Word from the grapevine is that the chief secretary may well be affected along with other departmental top brass. But, as the greenery change along with the season, it is in all fairness to assume that seats in the corridors of power will have to change. Ibobi Singh has left the building- but for how long is another pertinent question.
Leader Writer: Paojel Chaoba