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NDA ally Kuki party withdraws support from BJP govt in Manipur

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Imphal: Having two MLAs in the Manipur Assembly, the Kuki People’s Alliance (KPA) announced on Sunday its decision to withdraw support from the BJP-led Manipur government, which is under the leadership of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh.

In a letter addressed to Manipur Governor Anusuiya Uikey, KPA President Tongmang Haokip stated, “After thoroughly evaluating the current situation, the continued backing for the existing government of Manipur, led by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, no longer produces any positive results.”

He further conveyed, “Therefore, the KPA’s support to the Manipur government is hereby rescinded and can be considered null and void.”

W.L. Hangsing, a senior figure within the KPA, informed IANS that the party had transmitted the letter to the Governor via email.

Senior KPA leader W.L. Hangsing told IANS that the party sent the letter to the Governor through email.

The leaders of the KPA as partners of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had attended the NDA meeting held in Delhi on July 18.

However, the withdrawal of support by the two KPA MLAs (Kimneo Hangshing and Chinlunthang) will not affect the BJP-led government in Manipur.

In the 60-member Assembly, the BJP on its own has 32 MLAs while the National People’s Party (7 members), Janata Dal-United (6), Naga People’s Front (5) and two Independent are supporting the saffron party-led government.

Meanwhile, 10 MLAs, including seven BJP legislators, have been demanding separate administration (equivalent to separate state) for the tribals.

The BJP and various other organisations, including the Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI), an apex body of the Meitei community, have been strongly opposing the separate administration demand.

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