Imphal (Manipur) [India], Mar. 12 (ANI): The National People's Party (NPP) on Sunday announced its support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), thus inching the saffron party closer to forming a government in Manipur.
NPP president Conrad Sangma said that the party is in alliance with the BJP at the Centre, therefore, it was natural to work with the saffron party in Manipur as well.
"Basically we are partners of the NDA at the centre and we are the members of North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA). So, it was natural for us to form the government with the BJP," he said.
He added that the NPP wants to see a change and work towards changing the condition of Manipur.
"We want to address the issues that are concerning Manipur. Therefore, we felt very strongly that this would be the best alliance that would be able to make a difference and make changes for the people of Manipur," Sangma asserted.
He further said that there is no muscle power or money power.
"It is people's free will. In any circumstance, all stakeholders will be consulted before any major decision is taken. I think this is a very balanced approach," he noted.
The BJP General Secretary said that they will approach Governor Najma Heptulla seeking her to invite the BJP, NPP and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) to form a government in Manipur.
"We have the support required to form government in Manipur. We will prove it on the floor of the house," Madhav said.
Meanwhile, Congress MLA Shyamkumar Singh from the Andro assembly constituency defected to the BJP.
Manipur witnessed a nail-biting contest between the BJP and Congress.
The Congress won 28 seats to the BJP's 21 in the 60-member Manipur Assembly.
Out of the 60 assembly constituencies, a party has to win 31 seats to form the government in Manipur. (ANI)