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Another Manipur Cong MLA resigns, likely to join NPF

Imphal: Congress MLA from Manipur Janghemlung Pamei has resigned from the state assembly and from his party. He is likely to join Naga People's Front (NPF), party sources said.

A Zeliangrong Naga, Pamei represented the Tamenglong seat. He submitted his resignation papers to assembly speaker Th Lokeshwar Singh and Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee president TN Haokip on Thursday, an official source said.

In a letter to Haokip, Pamei said he took the step in the interests of the people of his constituency, as well as the state, the source added.

A few months ago, senior Congress MLAs Y Erabot, an old rival of chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, N Biren Singh and Francis Ngajokpa had left the party and joined BJP.

Pamei is likely to contest next year's assembly election on an NPF ticket. Efforts to contact him for comment drew a blank.

Meanwhile, Congress and BJP have stepped up their campaigns for the election. Both parties have held numerous political meetings and door-to-door poster campaigns across the state.

Human rights defender Irom Sharmila Chanu's fledgling People's Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) has also begun holding political meetings and motivation campaigns. On Thursday, PRJA carried out a campaign-cum-discussion on the issues plaguing the state on the Manipur University campus here. Sharmila, who ended her 16-year fast against the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in August, said cleansing society should begin at an individual level. Besides removing AFSPA, her party was committed to rooting out corruption in the polls, she added.

PRJA was likely to field around 20 candidates in the election, said its convener Erendro Leichombam.