Govindas Konthoujam, Congress MLA and ex-president of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) Wednesday withdrew from the membership of state Assembly and primary membership of the party. Konthoujam submitted his resignation letters to Speaker Yumnam Khemchand Singh and MPCC interim president Nameirakpam Loken Singh.
A six-time consecutively nominated MLA from Bishnupur seat, he had resigned as MPCC president on July 20. Assembly election in the northeastern state is due in 2022.
Loken Singh said that Konthoujam has placed his resignation letter from the primary membership of the party at the Congress Bhawan here stating that he had taken the action due to personal reasons. An Assembly official told PTI that Konthoujam forwarded his resignation letter to the Speaker on Wednesday morning. Congress had won more seats in the 60-member house than BJP in the 2017 state Assembly poll but had failed to cross the halfway mark and was unable to organize an alliance to form the government. The BJP had then managed to frame an alliance with other parties and came to strength. Presently the House has an effective strength of 56 in which the BJP has 25 members and the Congress 17. With Kanthoujam”s leaving from the House and the party the figure for the Congress now reached 16.