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KPA Withdraws Support From N Biren’s Government For Failing To Stop Manipur Violence, Says Report

After a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ in the hill regions on May 3 to oppose the Metei community’s demand for scheduled tribe (ST) status, violent skirmishes happened in Manipur.

According to PTI, NDA partner Kuki People’s Alliance (KPA) has withdrawn its support from N Biren Singh’s administration in Manipur. KPA has 2 MLAs in Manipur Assembly.

The KPA’s decision to leave the ruling alliance comes at a time when the administration led by Biren Singh is under fire for failing to contain the violence that has killed more than 160 people.

“After careful consideration of the current conflagaration, the continued support for the incumbent government of Manipur led by chief minister N Biren Singh is no longer fructuous. Accordingly, the support of the KPA to the Government of Manipur is hereby withdrawn and can be considered null and void”, said KPA.

After a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ in the hill regions on May 3 to oppose the Metei community’s demand for scheduled tribe (ST) status, violent skirmishes happened in Manipur.

Tensions over the relocation of Kuki locals from reserve forest area sparked the violence. Meiteis make up around 53% of Manipur’s population and dwell primarily in the Imphal Valley. Tribals such as Nagas and Kukis, on the other hand, make up another 40% of the population and live in the hill district.