IMPHAL, June 25 - In a fresh development that comes as a major relief to the beleaguered BJP-led coalition Government of Manipur, four National People�s Party (NPP) legislators who had withdrawn support to Chief Minister N Biren Singh last week, today agreed to continue their support to the Government, sources said.
The NPP MLAs who returned here in a chartered flight along with party president Conrad Sangma and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma after meeting the central BJP leadership in New Delhi, submitted a letter of support to Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla, the sources added. Y Joykumar Singh handed over the letter to the Governor in the presence of L Jayentakumar Singh, N Kayisii and Letpao Haokip. All the four MLAs were ministers in the Manipur Government prior to their withdrawal of support.
Later, the NPP chief led a party team in a meeting with Chief Minister N Biren Singh at the latter�s office chamber here, sources said.
Prior to their visit to the Raj Bhavan, Sangma told reporters that they had a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda on Wednesday.
�Both the BJP leaders gave us a patient hearing as we placed before them all the issues. They gave an assurance that they would look into the affairs of Manipur on a personal level,� the NPP president said.
Sangma reiterated that all the four NPP MLAs would continue as ministers in the Manipur Government.
Before their arrival here, NPP chief Sangma and Assam minister Sarma, who is also the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convener, shared news of the latest developments in separate social media posts.
Meanwhile, the Congress which had staked claim to form the Government after forming the Secular Progressive Front (SPF), is yet to react to the new development.
BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav who was here to felicitate Maharaja Leishemba Sanajaoba on the latter�s victory in the recent Rajya Sabha polls, maintained that the present Manipur Government would remain stable till 2022. The three-year-old BJP-led coalition Government plunged into trouble after nine MLAs, including the four ministers from the NPP and three BJP MLAs, withdrew support to it on June 17.