The N Biren Singh government in Manipur lost a minor ally on Sunday over the ethnic violence raging in the northeastern state for over three months.
Kuki People’s Alliance, which has two MLAs, announced their withdrawal of support in a letter to Governor Anusuiya Uikey. The move is unlikely to pose any threat to Chief Minister Biren Singh’s government.
“After careful consideration of the current conflagration, the continued support for the incumbent government of Manipur led by Chief Minister N Biren Singh is no longer fructuous. Accordingly, the support of the KPA to the Government of Manipur is hereby withdrawn and can be considered null and void,” said the letter by KPA chief Tongmang Haokip.
The BJP has 32 MLAs in the 60-member assembly and has the support of seven MLAs from National People’s Party (NPP) and five from Naga People’s Front. Three other Independents also support the government.
The political development comes a day after Manipur witnessed one of its deadliest days in a fortnight on Saturday. Six deaths and day-long mortal and grenade attacks marked Saturday along the Bishnupur-Churachandpur border.
Amid rising tensions, the Centre sent 900 more security personnel to Imphal last night and will be deployed across the strife-torn state.
The home ministry has earlier deployed over 40,000 personnel of the army and paramilitary forces in the state since the clashes began on May 3.
The violence broke out in Manipur between the Kuki tribe and the Meiteis over the Meiteis’ demand for Scheduled Tribes (ST) status. At least 170 people have been killed and thousands internally displaced since then.