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Ruling Manipur MLAs engaged in internal power struggle: Cong

 IMPHAL, June 15 - The Opposition Congress today alleged that the legislators of the ruling BJP-led coalition in Manipur are now engaged in an internal power struggle rather than focusing on the development of the State.

On Friday, Chief Minister N Biren Singh had divested Deputy Chief Minister Joykumar Singh of the charge of the Finance department and Th Biswajit Singh of the Power and Public Works department. The Chief Minister himself took charge of the Finance, Power and Public Works department.

Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee president Gaikhangam said “though (Cabinet reshuffle) is an internal matter for the ruling party but the Opposition cannot remain mute as it will push the State into crisis.”

Gaikhangam said the Chief Minister Secretariat order of June 13 stated that “huge amounts were withdrawn by the Public Works and Power departments during the period of March to May 2019 when the election code of conduct was in force”.

The Congress president maintained that withdrawal of money exceeding Rs 2 crore from any department can be done only with the knowledge of the Chief Minister.

On the State Government setting up a three-member committee to examine the large withdrawals by some departments, the Congress leader said “it should be done by a retired High Court judge.” – PTI

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