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IMPHAL | SEPT 27, 2020:
Days after the dropping of two ministers of the National People's Party (NPP), all four legislators of the party, on Saturday, left for Meghalaya to meet Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to discuss the developing political situation in Manipur.
Sangma is also the national president of the NPP, which was recently recognised as a national party by the Election Commission.
Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar Singh led the NPP team that left Imphal for Shillong.
The two NPP ministers who were dropped are Health Minister, L. Jayantakumar and the Minister for Tribal and Hill Areas, N. Kayisii – also the interim President of the NPP in Manipur.
"We will decide future action after meeting the party president," Jayantakumar told media persons.
"We are disciplined party workers and will take a collective decision," Kayisii said.
The two former ministers are among the six ministers dropped by the Biren-led government on September 24 which was followed by induction of 5 new faces in the state cabinet.
We may note that the NPP is an ally of the BJP-led coalition government in Manipur.
The NPP legislators, during a meeting on Wednesday, had also decided to come out of the coalition ministry if anyone is dropped from the cabinet.
The four NPP ministers had resigned along with five other ruling coalition members on June 17. However, following the intervention of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president J.P. Nadda, they returned to the government and were reinstated in the cabinet.
Sangma and BJP's point man for the Northeast, Himanta Biswa Sarma, had also played an important role in ending the political impasse then.