IMPHAL: The much hyped proposed visit of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who was expected to arrive in Imphal on Sunday (Nov 29), has reportedly been postponed. He is likely to visit the state between December 7 and December 14.
Although the exact reason behind deferment of Home Minister’s visit to the state is yet to be ascertained, sources said that the visit was postponed as the state government could not prepare on time the bunch of issues to be discussed when Amit Shah arrived in the state. Besides, Chief Minister N Biren is still undergoing home isolation after he was tested positive for COVID-19 days back. It may be another factor behind postponement of the Home Minister’s visit, added the source.
Amid the much hyped news about the finalization of the Naga peace talk, visit of Union Home Minister Amit Shah to the state is viewed seriously. Amit Shah, upon his arrival at Imphal, is expected to meet Manipur Governor Dr Najima Heptulla, Chief Minister N Biren, Ministers, MLAs, BJP state leaders, other stakeholders including members of CSOs to discuss key issues plaguing the state for decades.
The bunch of issues expected to be discussed during Union Home minister’s visit included modified 6th Scheduled, extension of MLR& LR Act, 1960 in hill Districts of Manipur, Economic package to valley districts after finalization of Naga Framework of Agreement, Insurgency issues of Meetei underground groups, major reshuffle in BJP Organisation and state government, Indo- Myanmar border issues, Suspension of operations with Kuki outfits (KNO/KNA and UPF) and strategies to eradicate drugs from the soils of Manipur via Myanmar permanently, issues regarding the demand for ST status to Meitei community among others, said the source.
During his stay in the state, Home Minister will also lay Foundation stone of Five development project.
It is highly speculated that Chief Minister and Amit Shah are likely to discuss about a reshuffle in BJP state unit to resolve the dissidence erupted among the party workers. They are likely to discuss about reshuffle in the government. Although the party recently swept the recently concluded by-polls in the state, it is yet to achieve the effective numbers of BJP MLAs to keep the government in-tact. Besides, 12 BJP MLAs are facing disqualification cases on Parliamentary secretary issue. BJP led coalition in the state is likely to land in jeopardy once the said 12 MLAs, who once held the post of Parliamentary secretary, are disqualified by the high court on the issue. Given this fact, BJP government is not expected to kick out its coalition partners including NPP, NPF, LJP for the present.