As all the candidates are gearing up for the Manipur Polls 2022, an outline in the election battle has been the rivalry between members of BJP-led the ruling coalition, one has been accused of ‘Betrayal’ by its ally.
Manipur’s Conrad Sangma’s Party accused of Betrayal:
On February 12, the Naga People’s Front (NPF), which is a key ally of the BJP in Manipur, claimed that another partner party of the government, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma’s National People’s Party or NPP, has betrayed other coalition partners in Manipur.
How did it took place?
This prong erupted after the NPP last week levelled a grave allegation that some of its candidates have been threatened by terrorists at the instance of the BJP and the NPF.
In an interview with NDTV, Awangbow Newmai, Manipur cabinet minister and the state president of the NPF said that “We are part of the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) at the centre. Regionally, we are part of NEDA (North-East Democratic Alliance) and in Manipur partner in the coalition government. Once we make a commitment, we honour it. And that is why, even though we are fighting alone, we still have a good relationship with the BJP.”
“Now, the NPP is bringing some allegations but it is known that the NPP, which is also part of the coalition, has betrayed other partners,” he further added.
NPF in the polls:
The NPF is to contest 10 seats in the 60-member assembly voting on February 28 and March 5. In 2017, they won four seats and helped the BJP form the government. This time, however, the party is not in a pre-poll alliance with the BJP contesting against it and the Congress in 10 seats, largely in their stronghold, the Naga-tribe dominated hill areas of the state.