Imphal: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh and BJP Manipur Pradesh president A Sarda Devi on Saturday felicitated the five MLAs of Janata Dal (United) who merged with the BJP.
Mention may be made that the Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly accepted the merger of the five JD(U) MLAs – Khumukcham Joykishan Singh, the leader of the JD(U) legislature, Ngursangur Sanate, Md Achab Uddin, Thangjam Arunkumar and LM Khoute – with the BJP, in a bulletin late on Friday.
Following the development, the JD(U) has only one MLA in the state. The party had secured six seats in the last elections to the Manipur Legislative Assembly to become the third largest party in the state Assembly.
Chief minister N Biren Singh and Manipur BJP unit president A Sarda Devi who rushed to New Delhi and felicitated the five MLAs who are also camping there.
While extending a hearty welcome to the five MLAs, the chief minister, on his Facebook page, wrote that MLAs and significant personalities have been supporting the BJP in the last few years. “This shows the love and trust entrusted by people in the leadership of Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi Ji and Hon’ble Party President Shri JP Nadda Ji,” he added.
Meanwhile, media reports said that JD(U) Manipur unit president Ksj Biren Singh said the five MLAs should be disqualified since it is in violation of the provisions of the 10th schedule of the Constitution.
The JD(U) did not merge with the BJP and the MLAs defected, he said, and added that the party will go to the court seeking disqualification of these five MLAs.
On the other hand, the lone JD(U) MLA Md Abdul Nasir left Imphal for New Delhi today with the best reasons known to him only.