IMPHAL: Days after the dropping of two ministers of the National Peoples’ Party from Biren led council of Ministers, all four legislatures of NPP have left Imphal for Guwahati on Saturday to meet party national president Conrad Sangma to take a collective decision whether they will continue support or withdraw from the present BJP led coalition in the state.
The development came after two NPP Ministers; Health Minister L Jayentakumar and Tribal Affairs & Hill Development Minister N Kayisii were dropped by Chief Minister N Biren from his Council of Ministers on September 24 to induct new faces in the ministry.
NPP is an ally of the BJP led coalition in the state. Recent removal of two NPP ministers hurt the party legislators, prompting them to fly to Guwahati to meet Party president.
The four NPP legislators who left Imphal on Saturday include deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar, Water Resources Minister Letpao Haokip, ex- Minister L Jayentakumar and ex-Minister N Kayisii.
They left Bir Tikendrajit International Airport Imphal on Indigo Flight 6E105 around 11.35 AM.
Former Minister L Jayentakumar arrived first at the airport, followed by former Minister N Kayisii, Minister Letao Haokip and Deputy CM Y Joykumar.
MLA L Jayentakumar, who has been dropped from minister, told reporters that they will decide the future course of action after meeting party president Conrad Sangma, who is also Meghalaya Chief Minister. Whether the party will withdraw or continue support to the Government cannot be ascertained until they meet the national president, he said stating that a decision of the national party chief will be final.
Former Minister N Kayiis said, ‘NPP is a discipline party. We will take collective decision after consultation with our national president. We will unanimously follow the instruction as decided by party president.
Regarding the leadership crisis within the party, Kayisii said, there is no any controversy regarding presidential post of the party’s state unit. Minister Letpao Haokip also said that they will unanimously follow the decision of the party president and they have no decision to join hands with the dissident MLAs till date.
Earlier, the four NPP legislators took a collective decision to pull out from the coalition Government en bloc if anyone of them is dropped from the council of Ministers. As such, the Guwahati trip of the four NPP legislators is being treated as crucial as they will take a collective decision either to withdraw or continue support to the Biren Government after meeting the national president Conrad Sangma.
Sources, said that after the dropping of two NPP Ministers from Biren cabinet, Conrad Sangma planned to visit the state on Saturday to discuss the unfolding political development in the state. Instead, all four NPP MLAs were summoned to Guwahati to discuss the issue.
In June this year, the four NPP MLA along with five other MLAs had resigned from the Government, leaving the Biren Government on tenterhooks. However, they again returned to the Government following intervention by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national Chief JP Nadda.