Nipamacha Singh joins BJP

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  • Published 4.12.08

Imphal, Dec. 3: Former Manipur chief minister and RJD state unit president Wahengbam Nipamacha Singh today joined the BJP, boosting the morale of the party before the byelection to the Moirang Assembly constituency in Bishnupur district. This was announced by the party’s state unit president Haobam Borobabu Singh at a news conference at the party office here.

Former MLA S. Natum Singh, a senior RJD leader and several other RJD leaders followed Nipamacha Singh into the BJP fold.

Citing reasons for his decision, Nipamacha Singh said he had joined the BJP after being convinced that it could dethrone the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre and also the Secular Progressive Front government in Manipur. He alleged that the Okram Ibobi Singh government had failed on all fronts.

Welcoming the former chief minister, Borobabu Singh claimed that the strength of the BJP had been rising steadily over the last few months.

Former chief minister R.K. Dorendro Singh and former ministers Salam Ibohal and M. Nilachandra Singh had joined the BJP in October. Former MLA Ibomcha Singh also joined the BJP.

The byelection to Moirang Assembly constituency will be held on December 27.

The last date for filing of nomination is next Wednesday. None of the parties have announced their candidates so far.

The Moirang seat fell vacant following the death of Congress MLA Mairembam Manindra Singh.

The Congress, which is leading the Secular Progressive Front government, is likely to field the deceased leader’s son Prithviraj Singh, 32, now the Imphal manager of Aircel.

The Manipur PCC has already recommended his name to the AICC for approval.

Borobabu Singh said the party was yet to decide whether it would contest the byelection alone or put up a common candidate of NDA partners in Manipur. The Opposition Manipur People’s Party is an ally of the NDA.

“We will discus the issue and take a final decision in the next few days,” Borobabu Singh said.

He said the BJP was fully prepared for the byelection as well as the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. The party would contest one of the two Lok Sabha seats in the state, he said.