National People's Party rejoins BJP-led government in Manipur

National People's Party chief Conrad Sangma has said that the four NPP legislators will continue in the Manipur government as ministers

The National People’s Party (NPP) has decided to continue support as an ally to the BJP-led coalition government in Manipur following talks with BJP national president JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

NPP chief Conrad K Sangma, who arrived in Imphal on Thursday afternoon along with NEDA convenor Himanta Biswa Sharma and the four Manipur NPP legislators, told reporters about NPP’s decision to rejoin the BJP-led state government in the state. He said that the NPP legislators will rejoin as ministers though there will be changes in the portfolios.

While the NPP's decision to rejoin the BJP-led government comes after the BJP central leaders assured the party that all issues and grievances will be addressed, Sangma said the party decided to continue support to the BJP-led government in the interest of Manipur and an in an effort to restore political stability in the state.

“We expressed all our issues, concerns and grievances in the alliance. Both the BJP central leaders have understood what the problem is and they have given full assurance that all the issues will be addressed and taken care of,” he said.

While saying that the two leaders also promised to look into the problems personally at their level, Sangma said that such assurance gives a lot of confidence to the NPP. He said the party has been with the BJP from the beginning in the government formation and want the government to continue.

Responding to the media query, Sangma also hinted that there will be some changes in the portfolio as all the four NPP legislators will continue as ministers.

The four NPP legislators on June 17 withdrew their support to the BJP-led coalition along with three BJP MLAs and one each from AITC and independent and formed a Secular Progressive Front with the Congress heading it.

Regarding the fate of SPF, Sangma stated, “Obviously, we have withdrawn from the SPF and we will be heading to the Governor to express our support to the BJP-led government once again.”

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First Published:June 25, 2020, 1:16 p.m.