NPP dubs Biren autocratic CM, says CM failed in maintaining good governance

NPP dubs Biren autocratic CM, says CM failed in maintaining good governance

TMB Report

 IMPHAL: Former Health Minister L Jayentakumar on Monday spelt out a bunch of reasons as to why the four ministers of NPP recently pulled out from the BJP led coalition government in the state. Addressing reporters at a SPF’s camp at a location in Imphal West district, L Jayentakumar charged Chief Minister N Biren of running an ‘autocratic’ Government in the state.  Making clear the air on the prevailing political chaos at a time when the people are facing a tough time amid COVID-19 battle, he said that NPP was prompted to pull out from the coalition Government as the Chief Minister was failing in maintaining good governance in the state. NPP strongly feels that the damage to be caused due to misgovernance will have far reaching impact upon society than the disaster to be caused by COVID-19. We, in NPP, are more painful of the present political upheaval the state is facing. The political problem of the state can be treated as more serious than any other political scenarios that are happening in other parts of the globe, he said. Despite repeated requests and suggestions for bringing good governance, Chief Minister N Biren who leads the coalition Government failed to pay heed to our requests, leading to misunderstanding among the ministerial colleagues in the Government and augmenting the suffering of the general people.  Having felt the urgency of rectifying the misgovernance, NPP decided to pull out from the Government. Chief Minister is responsible for the present turmoil, Jayentakumar charged. Accusing Chief Minister N Biren of being dictatorial and autocratic, he said that Chief Minister abused his power to the extent of arresting any individual whoever gives comment against him on social media without trial. Being a leader, he seems to be ignorant of how to use power and authority which is quite a matter of panic for the common people. Authority means the legitimate power as provided by the law. There were several instances during which Chief Minister abused his power and authority to the extent of arresting any individual without trial, forcing the security personnel to work at his will, thereby crippling the effort to bring good governance. Alleging the Chief Minister of giving undue interference in every department being by other ministers, he said that there are 11 ministers holding different portfolios. Despite the Chief Minister having the supervisory power of all the departments, he unduly interfered in the works of the ministers. Although bureaucracy plays a vital role in running the Government and is considered to be a nervous system of the Government, it is unacceptable if the Government is run under the whims of the bureaucrat officers. However, Chief Minister is running the Government on the whims of some bureaucrat officers of his pick and choose, alleged Jayentakumar. Although I was a minister in charge of health in the coalition Government, Chief Minister did not consult me while taking decisions pertaining to health sector and even held meetings with some selected officers of his choice without giving prior information to the Health Minister concerned and health director. How a poor minister like me can command his department if the Chief Minister bypasses the minister concerned, he questioned. Apart from Health department, Jayentakumar said, all other all other ministers holding different portfolios are also facing such cases of undue interference of the Chief Minister, leading to the present political crisis surfacing like a volcanic eruption, he maintained. Despite misdeeds of the Chief Minister, NPP ministers remained silent for three years hoping that the former will rectify himself. Having felt that joining hands with the BJP led government any longer will not bring good governance, NPP decided to pull out from the Government in public interest and for the sake of justice. People have blamed the present Government for its misdeeds and NPP does not like to face such public blame in 2022 state Assembly election, he added. Replying to a query regarding Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, national leader of NPP who visited the state, he revealed that the NPP MLAs, in a meeting, apprised the national leader about the ground realities of the political situation of the state. The national leader made no comments about withdrawing from the BJP led government but expressed support to every step of the four NPP MLAs for strengthening the party in the state.
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