Imphal, Jan 21: Lone Trinamool Congress MLA Tongbram Robindro Singh joined the ruling BJP in Manipur ahead of the assembly elections in the northeastern state. He formally joined BJP in presence of Ashok Singhal, Election Co-Incharge of Manipur; Pratima Bhoumik, Union MoS; Sharda Devi, President of BJP Manipur.
Notably, Singh was elected from Thanga constituency in Bishnupur district on a Trinamool Congress ticket in the 2017 assembly polls and later supported the coalition government led by the BJP. Former Congress leader Yengkhom Surchandra Singh, who had left the party last month, also joined the BJP party.
The elections to the 60-member Manipur assembly will be held in two phases on February 27 and March 3. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.
Devi also said the joining of the two reflects the "growing positive attitude towards the progress" of Manipur under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister N Biren Singh. Robindro said he believed in the BJP leadership and pledged to work for the party.
"I extend my heartful gratitude to the Thanga BJP Mandal and the public for giving me a warm reception and for their stands to make me the representative of Thanga AC once again by winning the Thanga MLA seat in the upcoming12th Assembly election of Manipur," he tweeted.
Notably, the former Congress leader, Surchandra, won from Kakching seat in 2017 but the Manipur High Court had declared his election as null and void as he did not properly disclose particulars of his assets and liabilities in the poll affidavit.