Two BJP MLAs of the state have not only declared to champion the cause of some police constable aspirants but also have already played a pivotal role in sensationalizing the current controversial issue of 2013 police recruitment. It was a rare thing that Thangmeiband MLA Kh. Joy Kishan and Thongju MLA, Th. Bishorjit, the only two BJP MLAs of the state, physically took part in an attempt to thwart the ongoing fresh recruitment test for police constable. They were in open confrontation with the police force deployed to prevent any obstruction bid to the commencement of the physical efficiency test part of the whole recruitment process. They did this to show that the fresh recruitment process was unjust. But in resorting to such physical confrontation with the police the BJP MLA duo were openly inviting arrest only. To make the matter more serious and sensational these BJP legislators openly defied procedures of law by not signing bail bonds which resulted in their judicial remand only. In fact this was what they exactly wanted. It could not be a mere coincidence that the visit of union minister of state for home Mr. Kirren Rijiju to Imphal took place when such high drama of the BJP MLAs arrest was witnessed. As expected, the union minister intervened and the two BJP MLAs were cleared of the charges and set free. They had not been able to prevent the commencement of the recruitment afresh mainly because they were betrayed by the very group of people whose cause these MLAs professed to have espoused. Yet Mr Kishan and Bishorjit probably got what they wanted, – the publicity and a name as savior of a group of people upon whom injustice has been bestowed. To add to their own political advantage, they have by their own action been successful in conveying the union minister the inner truths pertaining to this particular police recruitment exercise. Mr. Rijiju had specifically mentioned that candidates have sold their landed properties such as housing plots and paddy fields to pay for the constable job and went on to declare that the centre had taken note of this. Does this mean mortgaging properties to purchase jobs or the practice of giving and taking had not taken place in the rest of the recruitments and DPCs here? The union minister should have been enlightened on this as well.
This was not the first instance of these two BJP MLAs performing a kind of stunt. They had earlier earned disqualification as MLAs by openly going against party norms only to get re-elected as first BJP MLAs in the state in the by election that followed. Mr. Joy Kishan had on earlier occasion sat a dharna along with a group of agitating women group over market construction. Perhaps encouraged by their earlier splendid performance it was just another chance for them to seek justice in this particular police recruitment. They seem to have earned a place of prominence in the state anyway.