Imphal: Manipur Congress MLA Ginsuanhau Zou has joined the ruling BJP, giving a boost to the BJP-led coalition government in the state. He was welcomed into the party fold by chief minister N. Biren Singh and Manipur BJP president Bhabananda Singh.
The move comes days after state health and family welfare minister Langpoklakpam Jayentakumar Singh resigned citing ‘interference’ to his authority. His resignation came one month after the Biren Singh government came to power in the state.
Zou was elected from Singhat (ST) constituency of Churachandpur district on a Congress ticket in the recently concluded state assembly polls.
Out of the 60 assembly seats in Manipur, the Congress had secured 28 seats while the BJP had won 21 seats, forming the state government with the support of four MLAs each of the National People’s Party (NPP) and the Naga People’s Front (NPF). In addition, they also had one MLA of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and one lawmaker each of the Congress, and the Trinamool Congress.
Besides the Congress MLA, 14 elected Autonomous District Council (ADC) members of the Congress from the state’s Chandel district also joined the BJP on April 17.
The council members felicitated by the chief minister at the party headquarters were Lhukhosei Zou, Joy Lamkang, Kh. Morung Maring, Chanthoi Aimol, T.S. Kanlun, Tongsin Willingson, T. Jangkhongam Baite, S. Tongpao Mate, Khupkholen Haokip, M Morungson Maring, Ch Meshil Maring, Gotinlam Gangte, T Cecilai Haokip and M. Alen Kom.
In total, 24 members were elected from the Congress in July 2015 to the Chandel ADC along with members of ADCs to the other hill districts of the state – the Sadar Hills (Kangpokpi), Ukhrul, Tamenglong, Senapati and Churachandpur.
(With PTI inputs)