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Mnp CM, 6 resigned Cong MLAs meet Nadda in Delhi

Mnp CM, 6 resigned Cong MLAs meet Nadda in Delhi
Manipur CM N Biren Singh with BJP national president JP Nadda in Delhi on Tuesday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 18 | Publish Date: 8/18/2020 12:12:43 PM IST

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh who is currently camping in New Delhi along with six Congress legislators who recently resigned as members of the state Assembly met BJP national president J P Nadda at latter’s his office on Tuesday.

The chief minister had left Imphal on August 16 along with the six ex-MLAs who switched to the saffron party after resigning from Congress and the Manipur Legislative Assembly.

Another Congress MLA, RK Imo, son-in-law of the chief minister also boarded the same charter flight the chief minister and the six ex-MLAs travelled in.  

“Today, I called on BJP National President Shri J P Nadda ji at his office and apprised him of the political development and other issues in the state,” Singh stated in a Facebook post. 

He added that the national president congratulated the BJP-led state government on recently winning the trust vote in the Assembly.

During a one-day monsoon session of the state Assembly on August 10, a confidence motion moved by the chief minister was won through voice vote amid strong demand for division vote by the opposition Congress.

It was after the session that the six Congress MLAs - Md Abdul Nasir, Ginsuanhau, O Lukhoi, Ngamthang Haokip, P Brojen and O Henry tendered resignations as members of the state Assembly. The Speaker later accepted their resignations.

Sources said that the chief minister and the six-MLAs went to Delhi to hold meetings with the BJP national president, Union home minister Amit Shah and other BJP Central leaders to discuss the forthcoming by-election to 13 Assembly seats in the state and to offer party tickets to the resigned MLAs.

However, before leaving Imphal, the ex-MLAs told reporters they were going to Delhi at the invitation of the chief minister and had no idea of agenda behind their trip to Delhi.

Sources also said that the chief minister during meetings with central BJP leaders was likely to propose a major reshuffle in his ministry before the by-election.

 The source revealed that the chief minister plans to induct two of the six ex-MLAs who quit Congress into the council of ministers by dropping two incumbent cabinet ministers.

Another source said that at least five incumbent ministers were likely to be dropped to induct new faces. Incumbent Speaker Y Khemchand is also likely to be inducted as cabinet minister and the post of the speaker could be given to MLA RK Imo who is still with the Congress but close to Biren since the election to the lone Rajya Sabha seat from Manipur.

It may be mentioned that in the election held on June 19 , Imo and another Congress MLA O Henry crossed vote in favour of the BJP nominee.

 

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