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Tue, 13 Nov 2018

Northeast Today

Senior Manipur Congress Leader Biren Singh Resigns from Party

Senior Manipur Congress Leader Biren Singh Resigns from Party
October 06
16:53 2016

In yet another jolt to the Congress in Manipur, MLA and former minister Nongthombam Biren Singh on Thursday announced his resignation from the state Assembly and the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee. Formerly a close aide to Chief Minister Ibobi Singh, Biren submitted his resignations to Speaker Thokchom Lokeshwar Singh and MPCC president TN Haokip. Biren’s resignation is the second instance of a senior Congress legislator resigning from both the party and the state Assembly. On September 10, vetran Congress leader Yumkham Erabot resigned from the MPCC as well as from the Assembly and officially joined the BJP.

Despite his announcement that he has not yet decided on joining any other party and that he will take a decision only after consulting his supporters and workers, speculations are rife about his joining the BJP ahead of the 2017 elections.

Addressing the media at his residence, Biren said his main objective is to safeguard the land of the valley and bring more development to the hills. BJP vice president M Asnikumar Singh said his party would welcome Biren if he wishes to join the party.

Biren’s son in law and Congress MLA from Sagolband Assembly constituency RK Imo said the party is still confused as to why Biren took the decision. He added that the Congress will have no set back even if some senior leaders resign from the party, the remaining MLAs and leaders will strengthen the party ahead of the 2017 elections.

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