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Conrad Sangma, Himanta Biswa Sarma hold talks to resolve Manipur crisis

National People’s Party (NPP) President Conrad Sangma, and Convener of North East Democratic Alliance, Himanta Biswa Sarma, held talks with Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh and other leaders on June 21 as NPP MLAs and three BJP MLAs withdrew support from the Manipur government.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma rushed to Imphal on June 21 to hold the emergency meeting.

Reports said that Sangma met all the four party MLAs who were serving as ministers in the state government before they resigned owing to differences with Chief Minister N Biren Singh.

On June 21, NPP state president Thangminlien Kipgen issued a statement listing out reasons why the party had withdrawn its support. Kipgen said even though BJP-led government in Manipur was formed in 2017 with five other political parties, the saffron party ran the government in an autocratic manner and refused to form the steering committee in order to build confidence among the coalition partners.

He alleged absence of a common minimum programme based on the aspirations of all the allies.

The NPP had proposed a common minimum programme for the development of the state on priority basis however it could not be materialized in spite of repeated reminder to the chief minister, Kigpen stated.

BJP refused to give a name to the coalition and the constituent coalition partners were not consulted in taking the decisions of the government, he said.


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