Congress Working Committee (CWC) Member and ex-Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur Gaikhangam claim that the Manipur governor Najma Heptulla is seen to have acted inappropriately ever since the BJP-led coalition Government sworn in. However, Gaikhangam has not named Heptulla directly, but have made his points clear by addressing her designation in his assertion.
The CWC member said, "Act and rule as a Governor, not as a BJP's Governor". This very statement made by the ex-Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur makes it pretty clear that the governor Heptulla is being addressed by him in his appeal. Gaikhangam happened to make this statement while speaking at a reception function held at Congress Bhavan in honour of ex-MLA Thangjam Nandakishore (Kshetrigao AC), social worker Loitongbam Narendra alias Shanti (Andro AC) and Keisham Ningthemjao who have joined Congress party anew.
Pointing at the unusual behaviour of the governor, Gaikhangam says that right from the starting day of the coalition Government swearing-in, the governor is noticed to be acting in a manner which undermines the sanctity and decorum of her own office. He also added that if a governor acts like this wherein she undermines the dignity of the office of the Governor then this would signify undermining the dignity of all the people of Manipur and India at large. Hence, he appeals to Governor to play her duties and responsibilities responsibly rather than behaving like a governor being controlled by the BJP.
While quoting the remarks of the CWC member, this will also have to be mentioned here that Dr Najma Heptulla was appointed Governor of Manipur by the BJP-led NDA Government. In that case, this is also natural for a member of the opposition party to look for chances to say things about the other.
The reactions of the remark made by Gaikhangam would be known only with time as whatever he said was made in an unofficial gathering. Had it been said in a formal function, things would have been different.
Gaikhangam further blamed the BJP for leading the country to a dangerous path. Along with that, he even appealed people to teach the BJP an apt lesson in the Lok Sabha election by not voting for them.
Joining him, Ex-Chief Minister Okram Ibobi too remarked how the volumes false propaganda churned out by BJP Governments of the State and the Centre are going beyond limits.