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Naga People’s Front to exit BJP-coalition in Manipur

The Naga People’s Front (NPF) has decided to withdraw support to BJP-led coalition government in Manipur after the Nagaland elections slated for February 27, media reports said.

The NPF, having parted ways with its long-time ally BJP in Nagaland, has decided to sever ties with BJP in neighbouring Manipur, where it has four legislators, according to a report in The Times of India. A formal decision will be taken soon after the election in Nagaland.

On Sunday, Manipur’s BJP unit general secretary N Nimbus had said the NPF-BJP split in Nagaland would not affect the coalition government in Manipur.

NPF press secretary Sebastian Zumvu, however, said a discussion on the withdrawal of support has already been initiated. “The final decision will be taken by the central executive council, probably after the Nagaland election. At the moment, all party members are busy with campaigning,” Mr. Zumvu added.

The Manipur unit of NPF falls under the jurisdiction of the party headquarters in Kohima. “Whatever we decide in Kohima regarding severing ties with BJP in Nagaland will certainly have an impact in Manipur as well. It makes no sense that we fight against each other in Nagaland and extend support in Manipur,” Mr. Zumvu said.

The NPF’s move, however, will have no significant impact on Chief Minsiter N. Biren-led government, which will still have 36 legislators after the exit of four NPF members. In the 60-member Manipur assembly, BJP has half the total number of MLAs, while its partners NPF and National People’s Party (NPP) have four seats each. LJP has one seat and an Independent legislator supports the coalition.

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