Governor Najma Heptulla administered oath of office and secrecy to the five ministers in a swearing ceremony at the Banquet hall of Raj Bhavan in Imphal. 

National People’s Party (NPP)’s legislature wing leader and former Manipur health minister L Jayantakumar has said the recent Cabinet rejig in Biren Singh led coalition government was not justified.

Jayantakumar while speaking to reporters in Imphal on Monday said that information needs to be given to NEDA (North East Democratic Alliance), NPP national president and also the local leader for the reshuffle as there is something called coalition ethics in a coalition government.

“But it seems it has been totally violated. NEDA today has no meaning at all,”  he said.

NEDA is an umbrella organization non-Congress parties in the Northeast formed in 2016. Both NPP and BJP are NEDA members.

On Thursday, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh, who heads a BJP-led 3-and-a-half-year-old coalition government, had effected a reshuffle of his Cabinet by dropping six ministers – three from BJP, two from NPP and one from Lok Janshakti Party(LJP).

Singh inducted three BJP MLAs and two ex-MLAs of the saffron party in his cabinet.

The three dropped (BJP) ministers are V Hangkhalian,Th Radheshyam and Nemcha Kipgen, while the LPJ (minister) was K Shyam.

The newly inducted ministers are S Rajen,Vungzagin Valte, Th Satyabarta – all from BJP, O Lukhoi and O Henry-ex-MLAs who resigned from the Congress and joined BJP.

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