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Manipur rebel NPP MLAs� meeting with Shah �inconclusive�


NEW DELHI, June 24 - The scene of the intense political drama in Manipur shifted to the national capital today with a delegation of the National People�s Party (NPP) led by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and Assam minister and chairman of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) Himanta Biswa Sarma calling on Union Home Minister Amit Shah here.

BJP sources said that the meeting had remained inconclusive as the rebel NPP MLAs of Manipur stood firm on fulfilment of their �demand�.

Later, Sarma tweeted: �A NPP delegation led by @SangmaConrad and Dy Chief Minister of Manipur Sri Y Joy Kumar Singh met Home minister @AmitShah today in New Delhi. Both @BJP4India and NPP will continue to work together for the development of Manipur.�

The meeting held at the Union Home Minister�s official residence lasted half-an-hour. On their way out, Sarma declined to speak to the waiting media persons. The team flew back to Guwahati in a chartered flight later in the evening.

The delegation that met Shah included Manipur Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar Singh, Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Letpao Haokip, L Jayentakumar and N Kayisi, who were accompanied by Sangma and Sarma. Sources said that some broad proposals were mooted, and that the BJP was hopeful of defusing the crisis.

Earlier, the delegation flew in here from Guwahati this morning, where they were joined by the Meghalaya Chief Minister who had landed from Borapani. Obviously, the delegation was aware of the deadline of returning on the same day to escape the COVID-19 quarantine protocol. The Manipur MLAs, who were flown in from Imphal last evening, had halted at Guwahati for the night.

Meanwhile, Congress Lok Sabha member Gaurav Gogoi told newsmen here this afternoon that the fall of the N Biren Singh-led coalition Government in Manipur was just a matter of time as there was a division within the BJP itself.

Apart from the four NPP MLAs, three others from the BJP, one from the All India Trinamool Congress and one Independent had withdrawn support to the Government.

Reacting to the news of a CBI team going to Manipur to grill former Chief Minister and Congress leader O Ibobi Singh in connection with a funds misappropriation case, Gogoi, who was also sent to Manipur along with Ajay Maken as Congress observers recently, called it an example of �vindictive politics�.

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