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Mnp JD(U) seeks disqualification of its 5 MLAs

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Manipur Bjp welcomes 5 JD (U) Mlas to its fold

Manipur unit of Janata Dal (United) on Saturday termed the ‘merger’ of five of its MLAs with BJP as “defection’ while seeking disqualification of the five legislators.
In a setback to the JD(U), five of its six MLAs – Kh Joykishan, N Sanate, Md Achab Uddin, L M Khaute and Thangjam Arunkumar – merged with the BJP in Manipur on Friday.
The development came to light when the Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly accepted the merger of the five members of the legislature party of JD(U) with BJP in the state Assembly under the 10th schedule of the Constitution of India, the Assembly bulletin was issued late on Friday stated.
“It is not a merger but defection of MLAs since JD(U) as party did not merge with the BJP,” JD(U) Manipur unit president Ksh Biren Singh was quoted by various sections of media in Imphal. The president said that the five MLAs should be disqualified from being members of the state Assembly as they violated provisions of the 10th schedule of the constitution.
He said that the party will knock at the court seeking disqualification of the five MLAs.
It may be mentioned that after the five MLAs joined the BJP, the strength of the JD(U) in the state Assembly reduced to one. The party was the third largest party in the state Assembly after it secured six seats in the last assembly polls.
Meanwhile, top leaders of BJP Manipur Pradesh – chief minister N Biren Singh and president A Sarda Devi today felicitated the five MLAs to the party fold in New Delhi. Sarda Devi who left Imphal for New Delhi today along with the five MLAs joined the chief minister who was camping in the national capital. Singh rushed to Delhi on Friday after he was called up by the national leaders of the party.
The chief minister along with the state party president and the five MLAs are likely to meet BJP national president JP Nadda later on Saturday evening.
The chief minister wrote in his Facebook page, ‘Along with state BJP unit president A Sharda Devi, heartily welcomed the five JD(U) MLAs who got merged into BJP yesterday.’
“This merger shows the love and trust entrusted by people in the leadership of Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi ji and Hon’ble BJP President Shri J.P.Nadda ji, “ Singh added in the post.

Is it constitutional?’ Nitish on JD(U)’s Manipur setback

Patna, Sep 3 (PTI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday expressed outrage over MLAs of his JD(U) in Manipur jumping ship to join the BJP.
Talking to reporters at the party office here, where a two-day national conclave is underway, Kumar questioned the propriety and constitutionality of the alleged poaching by his former ally.
He said the party’s Manipur MLAs had confirmed their presence at the meeting, and had earlier backed JD(U)’s decision to quit the NDA.
“When we were in NDA, they (BJP) gave our MLAs nothing. Now they have been won over,” said Kumar, in what appeared to be a reference to horse trading.
“Is it proper? Is it constitutional? Is it in line with established norms? They are doing so everywhere. Hence all parties must unite in 2024 for a positive mandate,” said the JD(U) leader who is being pitched for a “national” role by his party.

BJP may play tricks, JD(U) on track to become national party: Lalan

Patna, Sep 3 (PTI): A day after most of its MLAs in Manipur joined the BJP, the JD(U) on Saturday lashed out at its former ally whom it accused of using “dhan bal” (money power) to poach legislators from other parties.
JD(U) national president Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan alleged that the BJP did in Manipur what it had “previously attempted in Delhi, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra”.
“Our MLAs in Manipur had defeated BJP candidates at the hustings. Ditto in Arunachal Pradesh where our MLAs were poached while we were still in NDA,” fumed Lalan. The development comes as an embarrassment for the party which is holding its national executive meeting here and trying to project Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, its de facto leader, for a bigger role.
“Whatever tricks the BJP may play, it will not be able to stop JD(U) from becoming a national party by 2023,” asserted Lalan, who has been associated with Nitish Kumar for nearly four decades.
“The BJP should worry about itself. In 2015 assembly polls, none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed 42 rallies but the party could win only 53 seats in the 243-strong Bihar Vidhan Sabha. They should think of their fate in 2024 when the entire opposition will stand united against them,” he said.