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Two Cong MLAs join BJP-led coalition in Manipur

Press Trust of India  |  Imphal 

The strength of the first-ever BJP-led coalition in has increased to 40 in the 60-member House with two MLAs joining the ruling party.

MLAs Kshetrimayum Biren Singh and Paonam Brojen joined the on Saturday last, taking the total number of MLAs to 31, Th Bishwajit Singh, Works and Information Minister, told a gathering here yesterday.

There are now 31 MLAs, four of the Naga People's Front (NPF), four of the Nationalist People Party (NPP) and one independent in the BJP-led coalition headed by N Biren Singh in the Assembly.

So far, eight legislators out of 28 Congress MLAs, who were elected during the last Assembly elections in 2017, have joined the BJP.

Asked about reports of resignation of seven parliamentary secretaries of the coalition on Saturday, Singh said, "They have submitted their resignation to the chief minister to take up new assignments as the chairmen of several committees of the state assembly."

There was no misunderstanding among MLAs of ruling parties, he stressed.

At present, the number of Congress MLAs has been reduced to 20 in the Assembly, official sources said.

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First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 17:58 IST