Former Manipur Congress chief Govindas Konthoujam joins BJP in presence of CM Biren Singh

Former Manipur Congress chief Govindas Konthoujam joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday, in the presence of state Chief Minister N Biren Singh and senior BJP leader Sambit Pathra, news agency ANI reported.

Addressing a press conference in the party headquarters in Delhi, Konthoujam said, “next year state elections are due in Manipur, and I will work dedicatedly for BJP in those elections.”

He also met BJP national president JP Nadda along with CM Biren Singh.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cared for the North East, and recently five ministers from the region have been inducted into the Union Cabinet. Manipur promises to make Modi government stronger,” Singh told reporters.

Konthoujam’s entry into the ruling party was already hinted by a BJP national spokesperson Anil Baluni in a tweet stating: “An eminent personality will join BJP today (Sunday) 01 August, 12 noon at BJP HQ, 6A DDU Marg, New Delhi.”

Konthoujam is a prominent politician and a six-time elected MLA from the Bishnupur seat in Manipur. On July 28, he had submitted his resignation to Congress.

This move comes just months before Manipur Assembly elections which are scheduled in 2022.

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