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5 Manipur MLAs who resigned from Congress join BJP in Delhi

The N Biren Singh -led BJP government had won a Monday trust vote with a margin of 28-16

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  20 Aug 2020 5:14 AM GMT

Guwahati: In a recent development, five former Manipur MLAs who recently resigned from the Congress and the state Assembly joined the ruling BJP on Wednesday in the presence of Chief Minister N Biren Singh.

Party general secretary Ram Madhav and Vice President Baijayant Panda were also present in the event.

While welcoming the ex-Congress MLAs into the party, Party General Secretary Ram Madhav said there is no threat to the Biren Singh government in Manipur now.

"It will not only complete its tenure, but will be reelected," he stated.

As per reports, the five members who joined the ruling party include Henry Okram, nephew of former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Ibobi Singh, Panonam Broken, Oinam Lukhoi Singh, Ngamthang Haokip, Ginsuanhau Zou.

Party's national vice-president Jay Panda handed over the party membership to each of the five former Congressmen.

The Party's pointsman for the northeast Ram Madhav also said the state government has the support of 34 MLAs in the assembly, which has an effective strength of 47 as there are 13 vacancies.

Notably, Chief Minister N Biren Singh along with the former Congress MLAs had arrived in Delhi after skipping the trust vote proceedings in defiance of a party whip.

It is to be mentioned that the BJP-led government had won the Monday trust vote 28-16.

It may be mentioned here that the Manipur BJP government was pushed to the brink after nine MLAs, including four from the NPP, three from the BJP, one of the Trinamool Congress and one Independent member, withdrew support in mid-June.

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