NPP prez Conrad Sangma terms Manipur political upheavel as “serious”; says talks are on to resolve issue

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SHILLONG | April 11:

National People's Party (NPP) national president and Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma today informed that the party is taking the sudden political upheavel in Manipur very seriously following the decision of chief minister, N Biren Singh to strip all protfolios from deputy chief minister and NPP leader, Yumnam Joykumar Singh.

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Thursday stripped all the portfolios from Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh over rice distribution to the poor people under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) during the COVID-19 lockdown.

"It is a very serious issue and from the party's side, we have taken a very serious stand and notice of this; but we will be taking up the matter with BJP leadership and we will work on resolving these issues and differences", said the Meghalaya Chief Minister.

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Sangma said that he had already spoken to Manipur chief minister, N Biren Singh and the NPP ministers on the issue.

"There have been some issues that have come up. We are working along with BJP leadership to resolve this issue and hope it will be resolved at the earliest", Sangma said.

To a query on whether the NPP will pull out from the BJP led government, the NPP president said, till date, he has not been able to meet the ministers but have only spoken to them over the phone.

"These kind of issues are very complicated to discuss because there are many factors but of course, it is a very serious issue", Sangma added.

It may be mentioned that the sudden political upheaval came after the Manipur government spokesperson and BJP legislator S Rajen challenged the four NPP ministers to quit the ministry if they are unhappy with Biren's leadership.

Biren has taken over the charge of portfolios held by Joykumar.

Joykumar had allegedly described the Chief Minister's assurance of food security during the lockdown as "hogwash" and "gibberish", saying that the distribution of rice to the poor people during the lockdown period in his Uripok assembly constituency was "not enough".