Imphal Mar 14: With the swearing-in ceremony to take place on Wednesday, the Naga People’s Front (NPF) has already demanded that its MLAs be given ministerial berths in lieu of support to the new BJP led government.
BJP’s supremacy in the Manipur Assembly is dependent on support from the four NPF MLAs.
Nongthombam Biren Singh is expected to be sworn in as the first Chief Minister of Manipur’s first BJP government on Wednesday.
The NPF has also demanded similar berths for four other Naga MLAs with important portfolios.
The NPF’s demand came to light after its Manipur unit President Awangbung Newmai wrote an official letter to the BJP’s Manipur unit President and demanded their MLAs ministerial berths with important portfolios.
In the letter, NPF demanded that its four MLAs be inducted in the the council of ministers.
The party demanded a cabinet berth for L Daiko, who was elected from the Mao constituency.
Apart from L Daiko, the NPF’s Manipur unit demanded that Awangbung Newmai, who was elected from the Tamei constituency,be inducted as a Parliamentary Secretary with portfolios of Hill and Tribal development, Minor Irrigation and Works.
NPF also demanded the induction of Khasim Vashum, who was elected from the Chingai constituency as Parliamentary Secretary with portfolios of Planning and Public Health Engineering, and K Leishiyo MLA of Phungyar constituency as Parliamentary Secretary with portfolios of Irritation, Flood Control and Rural Development.