JD(U) to support BJP in Manipur

JD(U) has opened an account with six MLAs in Manipur for the first time

March 12, 2022 05:59 pm | Updated 11:34 pm IST - IMPHAL:

Some reports say the shredded BJP in Manipur is facing threats from a majority of MLAs, who don’t want N. Biren Singh as Chief Minister for a second term.

Some reports say the shredded BJP in Manipur is facing threats from a majority of MLAs, who don’t want N. Biren Singh as Chief Minister for a second term. | Photo Credit: PTI

The Janata Dal-United (JD-U), which had secured six seats in the Manipur Assembly polls, has decided to support the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, which is likely to be sworn-in soon. All the six JD(U) MLAs, who had rushed to Bihar on Friday, have met with the Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) national president Nitish Kumar. This is for the first time that the JD(U) has opened an account with six MLAs in Manipur.

A memorandum issued by Mohammad Nisar, national office secretary of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), says that K. Joykishan and Ngursandhur Sinate have been appointed leader and the deputy leader of the JD(U) Legislature Party. The notice further says that in the larger interest of the people, it has been decided that the party will extend support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Manipur.

Though a formal notification is awaited, the Naga People’s Party is expected to extend support to the Manipur Government.

The Naga People’s Front (NPF) leaders, after holding a meeting with five MLAs of the NPF, announced in Kohima that the party will support the Manipur Government. The NPF has been a coalition partner of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in Manipur. The outgoing Chief Minister of Manipur, N. Biren, has maintained that the alliance with the NPF shall continue.

Independent MLA Nishikanta Sapam has given a letter to Governor La. Ganesan expressing his support for the next government.

Meanwhile, reports say that the shredded BJP in Manipur is facing threats from a majority of MLAs, who reportedly say that Mr. Biren should not be made the Chief Minister for a second term. Over 20 MLAs were camping in Guwahati. They reportedly returned to Imphal following instructions from their national leaders.

One spokesperson of the BJP in a late night clarification said that there is no groupism and no camp. National leaders will come to Imphal soon to help elect the next leader, he said.

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