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Four more MLAs which were elected as Congress party legislators today joined the BJP. Now the number of BJP MLAs reached 27 reducing the number of Congress MLAs from 28 to 22. MLA Shyamkumar was the first congress MLA who left the party and joined the BJP. He is now a Minister in the BJP led coalition government. And later MLA Ginsuanhao Zou of Singhat Joined the BJP.
Without the 4 Congress MLAs, BJP led congress government under the chief Ministership of N Biren Singh is already a stable government. But why the 4 congress MLA joined the BJP besides knowing the provision of the 10th Scheduled of the Peoples’ Representative Act. And why should the BJP allow their joining to the party besides knowing that the government is not having any threat to its stability.
The political theater in Manipur had been and is now a real battle field for politics of power.
From Imphal Times perspectives, the welcoming of the 4 congress MLAs to the BJP is a warning to the coalition partners. The recent crisis over the suspension of the Health Director between the NPP and the BJP perhaps is an issue at which the BJP needs more MLAs for running the government without any hindrance from the partners. On the other hand what make the four MLA confident of their fate is also interesting. As for Th. Shyamkumar, the first congress MLA to defect the party and joined the BJP he openly declared that he is not afraid to contest the election any day , any time. He is confident because he won the assembly election from Andro Assembly constituency by a margin of over 8000 voters.
However, it was not so for the 4 MLAs who joined the BJP today. But one need to understand that these MLAs too have no fear to re-contest as candidates of ruling party both at the center and the state.
The crude game has begun and for sure the coalition partner of the BJP particularly the NPP will not led an easy fight if re-poll were held in the 5 assembly seats. Besides, the congress party will also not want to miss the opportunity.

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