|Chungkhokai Doungel, who joined the BJP, and state party president Thounaojam Chaoba Singh
Imphal, July 3: The Manipur unit of the BJP is growing in strength after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister with one NCP and two Trinamul Congress leaders joining the party today and several others in the line.
Former minister and Kuki leader Chungkhokai Doungel, who contested in the Lok Sabha election on an NCP ticket in the Outer Manipur parliamentary constituency, joined the party today.
Along with Doungel, R.K. Shivachandra Singh, general secretary and spokesperson of the Trinamul Congress, also joined the BJP. Kh. Ibomcha Singh, who contested in the 2012 state Assembly election from Lamlai constituency in Imphal East on a Trinamul Congress ticket, also joined the party.
The three are the first prominent leaders to join BJP in Manipur after the BJP led NDA government came to power at the Centre.
Welcoming the three to the party fold and giving his consent to their joining, state BJP president Thounaojam Chaoba Singh said the trio’s joining would certainly strengthen the BJP in Manipur.
“It is a happy day for me and Manipur BJP. More leaders are lining up to join our party. We give permission to those who want to come to our party after consultation with central leaders,” Chaoba Singh said.
With the BJP in power at the Centre, the party is working hard to dethrone the Okram Ibobi Singh-led Congress government in the next state Assembly election. The Ibobi Singh government is completing two-and-a-half years next month.
The BJP has no MLA at present.
“The Congress government has miserably failed to deliver the goods. There is more corruption and people are suffering because of price rise and unemployment,” Chaoba Singh said.
Chaoba Singh said the BJP could provide not only a stable but also efficient and corruption-free government in Manipur.
Several leaders joined the party before the Lok Sabha election. It contested in both the Lok Sabha seats in the state, but lost.
With the BJP in power in Delhi, the state unit is busy renovating the old party head office and also expanding the office buildings here.
“I decided to join the BJP after seeing the efficiency of Narendra Modi and his intention of bringing change in the country. I have faith in Modi that he can also bring change in Manipur,” Shivachandra Singh said.
Ibomcha Singh also said he would like to strengthen the hands of the Prime Minister by joining the BJP. The three leaders said their supporters also joined the party.