Govindas Konthoujam was welcomed to the saffron party fold in the presence of Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh, state president Sharda Devi and other party leaders
During the formal induction ceremony of Govindas Konthoujam, Manipur Chief Minister also disclosed that “many more” will be joining the party. The former minister and MPCC president who has now joined the BJP said that the BJP will secure absolute majority in the forthcoming Assembly election.
BJP Manipur in charge Sambit Patra, MP Leisemba Sanajaoba, MoS RK Ranjan, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh, BJP Manipur unit president Sharda Devi, and other national leaders of the party were also present in the ceremony.
Govindas thanked BJP national president JP Nadda and BJP national general secretary BL Santosh, amongst others for welcoming him to the party. He said that the wave of change is sweeping the country. Impressed by the developmental work being taken up under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, not just me, but other ‘youths’ will soon join the party, he said.
Stressing on the upcoming state general election in early part of 2022, Govindas said that he will work wholeheartedly to win a full majority.
CM Biren maintained that Govindas is his friend, stating that both of them were supposed to join the BJP at the same time. But there was some ‘miscommunication’, he said, while welcoming Govindas. Biren joined BJP from Congress in the run-up to the 2017 state election.
BJP Manipur president Sharda Devi maintained that in view of the ‘peace’ and ‘development’ being taken up in the state, many are eager to join the BJP. She also exuded confidence that BJP would come back with a full majority in the 2022 state election.
Govindas Konthoujam had earlier resigned from Manipur Assembly after submitting his resignation from the primary membership of Congress
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The resignation of the former minister in the erstwhile Okram Ibobi Singh led Congress government and current MLA follows speculations of him joining the BJP. His resignation as the Member of the Manipur Legislative Assembly has been accepted.
In a letter submitted to the Manipur Legislative Assembly Speaker, Govindas Konthoujam stated that he was tendering his resignation as a member of the house. He submitted the resignation letter just before noon on July 28.
The Speaker of the Assembly had accepted his resignation. In response to the development, the Manipur Legislative Assembly Secretariat in a bulletin published by the secretary said that consequent upon his resignation, the seat of the 26-Bishnupur Assembly Constituency is now “vacant” with effect from July 28.