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One day before Amit Shah’s visit, Manipur’s independent MLA extends its support to the BJP-led government


One day before Union Interior Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Manipur, an independent MLA newly elected in the recent by-elections in the northeastern state has extended its support for the BJP-led coalition government.

Independent MLA Y Antas Khan has written a letter to Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla in this regard, people familiar with the events said.

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh tweeted on Friday: “Warmest welcome, Shri Y Antas Khan, Honorable MLA, Lilong Assembly constituency, for extending their support to the BJP-led government in the state. The government is working with a well structured strategy to guarantee the general development of the state, emphasizing the deprived and abandoned areas ”.

Independent MLA Antas Khan defeated his closest rival and former minister Md Abdul Nasir by a margin of 3,078 votes to win the Lilong assembly constituency under Thoubal district in the November elections.

When contacted by phone, Independent MLA Antas Khan said: “I extended my support to the government according to the wishes of the people in the constituency.”

The BJP-led coalition government in Manipur came to power in March 2017 with the support of four MLAs, each from NPP and NPF, plus one MLA, each from TMC, the Lok Janshakti Party and an Independent.

The total strength of the BJP in the 60-member Manipur assembly, which currently has an effective strength of 54 members, is 22 MLA, while the opposition Congress has 17 MLA.

Meanwhile, security has been tightened in the state, particularly in and around the state capital, with search and pat-down operations carried out from time to time.

On Thursday, in addition to reviewing readiness activities, Chief Minister N Biren Singh also inspected the preparatory work at Hafta Kangjeibung in Imphal, where the visiting minister will address a meeting and lay the foundation stones for various projects, including a faculty. of Medicine. The Union Interior Minister is also expected to inaugurate some development projects on December 27.

Hindustan Times