Ahead of the Manipur assembly polls, prominent Congress MLA and former minister Francis Ngajokpa tendered his resignation from the party as well as the post of MLA on Thursday, following ‘pressure from workers’.
Francis, MLA of Tadubi constituency in Senapati district, was elected twice on a Congress ticket since 2002 and held various ministerial portfolios.
Recently, political workers convened a meeting at Maram town — about 80km north of Imphal — during which it was resolved that they would continue to support the MLA only if he resigned from the party.
With Francis’ resignation, three senior Congress leaders and MLAs have left the ruling front so far.
The other two are senior-most Congress leader and former food and civil supplies, education and public health engineering minister Yumkham Erabot of Wangkhei constituency and former irrigation and flood control minister Nongthombam Biren.
Erabot left the party on September 12 and joined the BJP, while Biren, who quit the Congress and resigned from the post of MLA on October 6, is yet to join any party.