Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Manipur ex-JD (U) MLAs clarify

Correspondent

Five JD (U) MLAs, who have joined the ruling BJP in Manipur on Monday clarified that they have joined BJP as JD (U) withdrew from the NDA.
The MLAs said that they were elected in the state Assembly on the mandate of the NDA through JD(U). In such circumstances if we continued as JD(U), it would be a betrayal of people’s mandate, they claimed.
Of the five turncoat MLAs who camped in New Delhi, four returned to Imphal along with chief minister N Biren Singh on Monday. Singh avoided reporters who were at the Imphal Airport and headed straight to his official residence. However, the four MLAs faced the reporters while coming out of the airport. To another query regarding a rumor about negotiating with a cabinet ministerial berth to one of the five MLAs, former JD(U) legislatures’ leader Kh Jaykishan said
, “I have no idea on the matter. We have not discussed the matter and there is no pre-condition from our side.” The Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly had accepted the merger of the five JD(U) legislatures to the legislature party of the BJP, in a bulletin issued on September 2 last.
On the query of sixth JD(U) MLA Md Abdul Nasir not among them while joining the BJP, Jaykishan said that he was unable to contact as he has been out of station.
He (Nasir) is currently in Delhi for medical treatment of his ailing father, Jaykishan informed and added “I cannot comment about him right now.”