Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Monday asserted that the Northeast is experiencing a rise in "love for the BJP".
''Love for the BJP is increasing day by day in the Northeast,'' he said while reacting to the recent development in the political fraternity in Manipur where five JD-U MLAs switched to BJP.
"BJP is 100 times better than the system in JD-U", the Manipur chief Minister added.
He also expressed that he welcomes everyone in the context of JDU workers joining the BJP along with the JU MLAs.
It is to be noted that five out of six JD-U MLAs in Manipur joined the ruling BJP on Friday.
The JD-U MLAs who crossed over to the BJP are K Joykishan, N Sanate, Md Achab Uddin, LM Khaute and T Arunkumar.
K Meghajit Singh, Manipur's assembly secretary signed a statement which stated that the Speaker was pleased to accept the merger of five JDU MLAs with the BJP.
Nitish Kumar left the BJP and went on to join forces with RJD, Congress and other parties in Bihar. This action displaced the BJP from the government in Bihar.
The amalgamation of these parties constitutes their 'Mahagatbandhan' alliance. Soon after, the JD-U MLAs in Manipur executed their move to join the BJP.
On the other hand, the national president of JD-U asserted that the crossover was facilitated by the BJP with the use of money power.
The new 'JD-U MLAs turned BJP members' met JP Nadda, BJP's national president in New Delhi on Monday.
JD-U, the Janata Dal (United), is one of the parties in the Mahagatbandhan coalition currently ruling Bihar. On the other hand in Manipur, it is considered a State party.
The political party heads the government in Bihar and when it comes to Manipur, the party stands as the second largest party in Manipur.