The BJP government in Manipur, led by chief minister N Biren Singh, is in trouble after 3 BJP MLAs joined the Congress and 6 other MLAs withdrew their support.
The six other MLAs include 4 from the National People’s Party (NPP), 1 from Trinamool Congress (TMC), and 1 Independent, say reports.
With the withdrawal of support, the BJP has become a minority in the government.
According to reports, the BJP now has the support of only 22 MLAs.
A total of 31 MLAs needed in the 60-member Assembly to form the government in Manipur.
The 2017 Manipur Assembly elections yielded a hung verdict.
Congress emerged as the single largest party with 28 MLAs.
The BJP, which won only 21 seats, formed the government under the leadership of N Biren Singh taking support from the NPP and other MLAs.
The NPP had three ministers and one MLA.
But the NPP MLAs including the 3 ministers, the independent MLA from Jiribam and the lone Trinamool MLA have withdrawn their support from the N Biren-led government.
The NPP is a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
With the three new BJP MLAs, Congress now has 31 MLAs and is likely to stake claim to form government in the state.