Manipur minister resigns from month-old govt led by BJP


Manipur Health and Family Welfare Minister Langpoklakpam Jayentakumar Singh has resigned citing ‘interference’ to his authority, a month after being sworn in as the minister.

According to a copy of the resignation letter which was made available to the press tonight, Jayentakumar Singh, an NPP leader, resigned yesterday.

Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh, however, told PTI that he neither received the health minister’s resignation letter nor has any information about it.

Nongthombam Biren Singh was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Manipur on March 15 along with eight other ministers, including Jayentakumar.

In the resignation letter to the Chief Minister, Jayentakumar said that he had been working with “certain visions”.

However, he said, “I may not be able to get (the) visions materialised as expected since there have been so many interference to my authority…. I am, therefore, taking the step to tender my resignation.”

Jayentakumar did not mention what kind of interference he had faced. He was also not available for comment.

But one of his close aides indicated to NDTV that the former was not happy after taking over as minister as the BJP allegedly tried to keep control over all department, even those headed by ministers from coalition partners.

ayantakumar reportedly became upset after the Director of Health Services, Manipur and State Mission Director, National Health Mission Dr Okram Ibomcha Singh, was placed under suspension.

The BJP is reportedly to have gone on offensive to control the damage fearing that this could potentially be a precursor to NPP pulling out of the government.

He was elected from Keishamthong constituency in Imphal West district.