Congress defectors strike gold by joining BJP; get post in Manipur and Goa

Even as Congress’ electoral fortunes continued to remain poor, almost two dozen leaders who joined the BJP — many on election eve — gained ministerial posts in Manipur and Goa, even as those in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh awaited their turn.
While BJP skillfully used its political muscle to reinforce the ‘Congress-Mukt Bharat’ war cry, political pole-vaulters have infested BJP state governments with the ‘Congress DNA’.
Manipur chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh was a senior Congress leader and minister, before he quit the party to join the BJP over differences with former CM Ibobi Singh.
Three more ministers in the BJP’s Manipur ministry, dependent critically on allies, are ex-Congressmen. L Jayakumar Singh was a minister in Okaram Ibobi Singh regime; Shyam Kumar Singh, a former deputy speaker, was elected on Congress ticket before defecting to Ibobi Singh regime; Shyam Kumar Singh, a former deputy speaker, was elected on Congress ticket before defecting to BJP; Thongam Biswajit was disqualified from the last assembly when he defected to Trinamool Congress, from Congress, before travelling to BJP on election eve to become an MLA and minister.
Manipur’s new deputy chief minister Y Joykumar Singh has an even more interesting tale. After he retired as the police chief a few months back, he sought membership in the Congress, was refused, joined the BJP and found himself denied a ticket. On poll-eve, Singh joined PA Sangma-founded NPP to win, bargained with BJP and has become the deputy CM.