Former Manipur Congress Chief Govindas Konthoujam Joins BJP


New Delhi: Former Manipur Congress chief Govindas Konthoujam joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the saffron party’s headquarters in the national capital on Sunday.

Konthoujam was inducted into the saffron party by Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.

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Konthoujam, who is a six-time MLA from the Bishnupur seat, after joining the BJP said that he would work dedicatedly for the saffron party in Manipur where the assembly elections will be held next year.

Konthoujam, who earlier served as the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee president before tendering his resignation, also met BJP chief J.P. Nadda after joining the saffron party.

The Manipur Chief Minister on his part welcomed Konthoujam into the BJP and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking care of the north-east.

Asserting Manipur has been peaceful and doing well ever since Prime Minister Modi came to power at the Centre, he said: “PM 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,” he added.

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Konthoujam had resigned from the Manipur Assembly earlier on July 28 citing “personal reasons”. His resignation was submitted to the office of the assembly secretary on Wednesday.

He also resigned from the Congress’ primary membership.

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