Imphal: Amid speculations from various quarters, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh Friday announced that he won’t resign from the Chief Minister post.
“At this crucial juncture, I wish to clarify that I will not be resigning from the post of Chief Minister,” Biren Singh announced on his Twitter handle.
Earlier, thousands of women from different parts of the state stormed the Chief Minister’s secretariat and demanded he not resign from the CM post at any cost, stating that this is not the right time to put in his paper.
Unconfirmed reports said Union Minister Amit Shah even called up the Chief Minister, asking him not to put in his paper.
Media reports said that as the situation took a turn for the worse in the last couple of days with no let up in attacks and the rising body count and cases of arson, Biren Singh was given the option of either putting in his paper or else the centre would step in and take things over.
The Sangai Express, quoting sources, said that New Delhi reportedly called up the Chief Minister a number of times on Thursday and raised very strong posers regarding the present situation in Manipur.
Biren was scheduled to go to Raj Bhawan at 1 pm to tender his resignation which was later rescheduled to 3 pm.
Around 2:20 pm, the Manipur CM came out in a convoy; hundreds of women blocked his path and prevented the convoy from proceeding towards Raj Bhavan. The women chanted slogans in his support, after which Biren returned to his residence without tendering his resignation.
Later, a few ministers including Govindas Konthoujam, L Sushindro came out and read out Singh’s resignation letter. A section of women tore down the letter after it was handed over to them.