Imphal: Four newly-elected MLAs during the recently-concluded Manipur by-polls were sworn-in as members of the Manipur Legislative Assembly on Thursday.
Speaker Yumnam Khemchand administered the oath of office and secrecy of the four MLAs, namely Oinam Lukhoi Singh of Wangoi AC, Paonam Brojen Singh of Wangjing Tentha AC, Ngamthang Haokip of Saitu AC and lone Independent candidate from Lilong assembly constituency Y Antas Khan.
The swearing-in ceremony was attended by chief minister N Biren Singh, the council of ministers and MLAs of the ruling coalition BJP government.
Apart from Antas Khan, the other three MLAs, all former Congressmen, were elected on BJP ticket.
Speaking to media persons, CM Biren Singh informed that his BJP government has already invited the Independent candidate to join the ruling government.
“It depends on his (Antas) decision, but we have already invited him to join the present BJP government,” said Singh.
Upon enquiry about his next move, Antas revealed that so far, no concrete decision has been made yet as he is the people’s representative, particularly of Lilong AC.
“So far, I haven’t decided either to remain as an Independent MLA or to join any political parties. I will have to discuss with the election campaign committee,” said Antas.
As I represent the Lilong AC, I have to consult all the Meitei-Pangal community and take the further course of action. However, it does not matter whether I remain in an Opposition party or join the present government. The responsibility of an elected MLA is to serve the welfare of the people, he added.
It may be noted that a total of 11 candidates – 4 Congress, 3 BJP, 1 NPP and 3 Independent, were on the fray in the by-elections of the four ACs on November 7 amid the spread of the pandemic.