Janata Dal (United) to support BJP in Manipur

Updated on Mar 13, 2022 12:15 AM IST

The JD (U)’s move came a day after Chief Minister N Biren Singh tendered his resignation from the CM’s post. He will continue as caretaker Chief Minister till an arrangement is made.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and others in a group photo with newly-elected JDU MLAs from Manipur, in Patna on Friday. (ANI PHOTO.)
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and others in a group photo with newly-elected JDU MLAs from Manipur, in Patna on Friday. (ANI PHOTO.)
BySobhapati Samom

A day after two independent candidates extended support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Janata Dal (United) which has emerged as the third largest party in Manipur, decided to support the BJP to honour the mandate given to the party by the people of Manipur.

On Saturday, Secretary of JD(U) Mohammad Nasir informed that the party legislators had unanimously elected Kh Joykishan Singh as the leader of the legislature party of JD(U) in Manipur in the presence of JD(U)’s national general secretary (in-charge northeast) Afaque Ahmad Khan, Convenor (NE Executive council) Senchumo Nsn Lotha and national returning officer Aneel Hegde.

The party also elected MLA Ngursanglur Sanate of Tipaimukh as the Deputy Leader of the legislature party while Md Abdul Nasir of Lilong was chosen as the chief whip of the JD (U).

The JD (U)’s move came a day after Chief Minister N Biren Singh tendered his resignation from the CM’s post. He will continue as caretaker Chief Minister till an arrangement is made.

In the recently concluded Manipur assembly elections, JD (U) won the highest ever tally of 6 seats and became the third largest party after BJP which won 32 seats and National People’s Party (NPP) which won 7 seats. The opposition Congress and BJP’s ally in the previous government Naga People’s Front secured 5 seats each, Kuki People’s Alliance bagged 2 seats and three Independents also won.

The elected JD (U) candidates are Kh Joykishan (Thangmeiband), Ngursanglur Sanate (Tipaimukh), Md Abdul Nasir (Lilong), Md Ashabuddin (Jiribam), LM Khaute (Churachandpur) and Th Arunkumar (Wangkhei).

The party’s recent performance in Manipur where the party had first won a seat in the Manipur assembly in the 2000 elections, has improved its prospects for a national party status. The party had even won seven out of 15 seats it contested in Arunachal Pradesh in 2019 and became the second-largest party there.

On Friday, two MLA elect Nishikant Singh Sapam (Keishamthong) and Haokholet Kipgen(Saitu) separately conveyed their support to the BJP led government in Manipur. Two separate letters of support were also submitted to Governor La Ganesan while its copies were handed over to Chief Minister N Biren Singh and BJP Manipur Pradesh president A Sharda Devi.

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