Eight days after he quit the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president’s post, senior legislator Govindas Konthoujam on Wednesday resigned as member of the state legislative assembly as well as primary member of the grand old party.
The political twist came at a time when the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress have begun preparatory work for the ensuing assembly election due early next year.
Former minister and six times Congress MLA from Bishnupur assembly constituency, Govindas submitted his resignation letter as an MLA to assembly speaker Y Khemchand Singh and the latter accepted the resignation, sources said.
A bulletin issued by Manipur legislative assembly secretary M Ramani Devi said that Govindas has resigned his membership from the assembly, and consequent upon his resignation, “26-Bishnupur assembly constituency is now lying vacant with immediate effect from Wednesday”, it added.
With his resignation, the strength of the 60-member Manipur assembly has now reduced to 53.