IMPHAL, April 12 - The four-year-old Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh-led Congress ministry in Manipur today inducted three ministers by dropping three senior ministers after consultation with AICC leaders.
The newly inducted ministers are Ksh Biren of Lamlai constituency, T Manga Vaiphei of Henglep and D Korungthang of Tengnoupal, who replaced Th Debendra (Law and Revenue), Phungzathang (Health & Family welfare) and Francis Ngajokpa (Panchayati Raj and Rural Development).
State Governor V Shanmuganathan administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers at a simple ceremony at the Raj Bhavan, which was attended by the Chief Minister O Ibobi and Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam, the Council of Ministers and MLAs, besides top officials of the State.
The Cabinet reshuffle was made in the light of the recent incidents in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, where Congress party MLAs revolted and floated a new party.
The party high command moved fast to quell the possible rebellion in Manipur by replacing Gaikhangam with TN Haokip, a former minister and sitting MLA from Saikot constituency in Churachandpur, as the State party president, as per the party�s one-man one-post policy.
However, although the PCC chief was replaced, the discontentment among the MLAs continued. They continued to demand removal of some non-performing ministers claiming that it will strengthen the party in view of the ensuing municipal and Assembly polls in the State. They also reminded Ibobi that he had promised to shuffle his ministry halfway into his term.
Speaking to media-persons soon after the swearing-in ceremony, Ibobi said that there might be some differences, but it could be resolved through discussion. N Haokip also shared a similar sentiment saying there is no dissent in the party.
Meanwhile, the portfolios of the newly-inducted ministers were announced. Biren was given the Works portfolio, while Manga Vaiphei got the Public Health Engineering and Korungthang Health and Family Welfare.
In the 60-member House, the Congress has 47 legislators, although it had won 42 seats in the last elections. Five legislators from other parties had joined the party later.