File photo of Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma

Following the resignation of four MLAs of National People’s Party (NPP) in Manipur, its president and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said that there have been differences with the leadership.

“The NPP had withdrawn its support after three BJP MLAs had resigned from the primary membership of the BJP. There has been a friction and a bit of differences with the leadership in the state – between the NPP ministers and the MLAs. We had brought this to the notice of the central leadership also we tried to resolve the issue to the large extent. But I think the resignation of the BJP MLAs itself has finally triggered this entire sequence of events,” Conrad said on June 18.

Earlier on June 17, four NPP MLAs who all held portfolios in the cabinet, resigned. They are Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar Singh, Tribal and Hills Area Development Minister N Kayishii, Water Resource, Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Letpao Haokip and Health and Family Welfare Minister L Jayantakumar Singh.

Conrad further said that all the national secretaries of the party have been asked to visit Manipur and submit their reports by meeting the concerned MLAs and leaders.

The NPP MLAs have joined hands with Congress and staked claim on June 18 to form government in Manipur.

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