Manipur‘s BJP candidate Ginsuanhau, who has been elected from Singhat (ST) Assembly Constituency uncontested, was sworn in as MLA at the office chamber of the Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.

Manipur Legislative Assembly Speaker Yumnam Khemchand Singh administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly-elected member of Manipur Legislative Assembly at around 2 pm on Wednesday.

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Manipur forest minister Awangbow Newmai, education minister S Rajen Singh, urban development minister Okram Henry, Chingai MLA Khashim Vashum and other BJP leaders were present during the swearing-in ceremony which was held as per existing Covid19 protocols.

On October 22, Ginsuanhau, a former MLA from Singhat, left as the only candidate for the seat after Chinlunthang withdrew the nomination papers as an independent candidate for Singhat constituency under Churachandpur district.

In August 2020, Ginsuanhau along with five other Congress MLAs resigned from the membership of Manipur Legislative Assembly.

The other Congress MLAs were O Lukhoi (Wangoi), Md Abdul Nasir (Lilong), O Henry (Wangkhei), P Brojen (Wangjing-Tentha) and Ngamthang Haokip (Sauti-ST).

As a result, bypolls to four Assembly constituencies – Wangoi, Lilong, Wangjing-Tentha and Saitu in the state were necessitated scheduled for November 7.

A total of 11 candidates are contesting the Manipur bypolls for which the counting will be held on November 10.

Sobhapati Samom

Sobhapati Samom is Northeast Now Correspondent in Imphal. He can be reached at: ssamom@gmail.com