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NPP MLAs leave Manipur to hold talks with Central leaders

By Correspondent

IMPHAL, June 23 - The political crisis in Manipur took a new turn today with four National People�s Party (NPP) MLAs, who had earlier withdrawn support to the BJP-led coalition Government in the State, leaving Imphal to hold talks with Central leaders, sources said. However, it is not known whether they have reached Delhi or are in Guwahati till the filing of this report.

The NPP MLAs, including former Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar Singh, were accompanied by Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, convener of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), and NPP national president and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma.

They left the Bir Tikendrajit International Airport in Imphal in a chartered flight around 4.30 pm, sources said.

Prior to their departure at the airport, NEDA convener Sarma told reporters that they wanted to resolve all the issues once and for all so that they can concentrate on development and elections.

Stating that this will be a very productive and constructive engagement, the Assam Health Minister said that they would try to resolve the issue with the spirit of friendship and solidarity.

Earlier in the day, Sarma and Sangma landed here in a chartered flight for the second time after their last visit on Sunday to resolve the ongoing political crisis in the State following withdrawal of support by NPP MLAs, one All India Trinamool Congress MLA and one Independent MLA and resignation of three BJP MLAs both from the party and membership of the Assembly, two days ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls on June 17.

The NPP, a key member of the NEDA � a non-Congress political platform floated by the BJP after winning the Assam elections in 2016 � has been a key BJP ally in Manipur too.

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