MANIPUR POLITICAL CRISIS : Conrad Sangma, Himanta Biswa Sarma in Imphal to solve crisis

It is likely that they would hold a joint meeting with leaders of the two parties, Manipur unit BJP general secretary N Nimbus Singh said on Sunday evening.

MANIPUR POLITICAL CRISIS : Conrad Sangma, Himanta Biswa Sarma in Imphal to solve crisis
Conrad Sangma and Himanta Biswa Sarma (File Photo)

Five days after the Manipur government plunged into a crisis, NPP president and Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma and North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) chairman and Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma arrived at Imphal in a special flight on Sunday afternoon in a bid to resolve the crisis.

Following the disqualification of five Congress MLAs, four of whom just ahead of the election to the lone Rajya Sabha seat of the state on Friday by the state assembly speaker under the anti-defection law and the resignation of three BJP legislatures, the 60-member Manipur assembly has now reduced to 52 members.

The BJP-led coalition government plunged into trouble after four ministers of its major partner NPP, one Trinamool Congress legislator Tongbram Robindro, independent Md Ashabuddin and three BJP MLAs on Tuesday left the government and moved to the Congress camp, headed by former chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh.

Though what steps would be taken up by NPP and BJP leaders to settle the deep crisis is not known immediately, but it is likely that they would hold a joint meeting with leaders of the two parties, Manipur unit BJP general secretary N Nimbus Singh said on Sunday evening.

Also, the Assam finance minister Himanta is accompanied by another BJP leader, he said.
The four NPP MLAs - deputy CM Yumnam Joykumar and ministers Jayantakumar, Letpao Haokip and Kayasii - left the government after resigning as ministers, while three BJP legislators - S Subhashchandra, Samuel Zendai and TT Haokip - resigned as primary members of the party as well as members of the legislative assembly.

With their entry, the opposition, while claiming that the government had reduced to a minority, had urged governor Najma Heptulla to convene a special assembly session for holding a floor test but to no avail.

Before the RS polls, the active strength of the coalition government was 23, with 18 BJP MLAs, 4 (NPF) and an LJP legislator, while the opposition under the Secular Progressive Front (SPF) banner had 26 legislator.

But the saffron party's candidate Leishemba Sanajaoba, the titular king of Manipur, won by four votes, getting 28 votes against his rival, Congress's Tongbram Mangibabu 24.

Of the five extra votes Sanajaoba got, three were from seven Congress MLAs who faced a disqualification and was saved by assembly speaker Yumnam Khemchand, and two cross-voting from the Congress camp.

Source : TOI