IMPHAL, Dec 26 - The Manipur BJP today got a shot in the arm on the eve of Union Home Minister Amit Shah�s visit, as an Independent MLA, who won a seat in the recent bypolls, extended support to the coalition Government in the State. Independent MLA Y Antas Khan has written a letter to Governor Dr Najma Heptulla in this regard, sources said. In his letter, Khan expressed his desire to extend support to the present BJP-led Government in Manipur.
Meanwhile, in a Facebook post on Saturday, Chief Minister N Biren Singh wrote, �A warm welcome to Y. Antas Khan, Hon�ble MLA of 30-Lilong AC on his decision to support the BJP led Government of the State.� Khan had defeated former minister Md Abdul Nasir by 3,078 votes to win the Lilong Assembly constituency in Thoubal district in the bypolls held last month. When contacted, Khan told The Assam Tribune that he has extended support to the Government as per the wishes of the people of his constituency.
The BJP-led coalition Government in Manipur was formed in March, 2017 with the support of four MLAs each from the NPP and the NPF, besides one MLA each from the TMC and the Lok Janshakti Party, and an Independent. Currently, the BJP has 22 MLAs, while the Opposition Congress has 17.
Meanwhile, security has been tightened in the State, particularly in and around the capital, ahead of the Union Home Minister�s visit. Search operations have been carried out in Imphal East and Imphal West districts since the last few days.
Chief Minister Biren Singh, accompanied by the Information Minister and officials, inspected preparation works at Hafta Kangjeibung here, where Shah would lay foundation stones of several development projects, including a medical college at Churachandpur and an IIIT at Mayangkhang, and address a gathering.