Congress, major partner of the ruling Secular Progressive Front (SPF) ministry in Manipur, was considering to part ways with junior partner CPI, party sources said on Saturday.
Sources said an informal meeting of party leaders, including Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, state unit president Gaikhangam and some MLAs on Friday discussed the modalities of dropping CPI from the SPF ministry but a final decision on the issue was yet to be taken.
The state party leaders, now camping in New Delhi for the government formation exercise of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, would pressurise central leaders to allow dropping of CPI from the SPF ministry, sources said.
While Congress commanded a simple majority in the 60-member Manipur assembly with 31 members, CPI has four members in the house, sources said adding that Manipur Medical minister and senior CPI leader Ph Parijat was the lone representative in the SPF ministry.
CPI sources said they were neither informed by the Congress to leave the ministry nor the party (CPI) took any decision to part ways with Congress. Opposition's strength is 25 -- (Manipur People's Party 5, RJD 3, NCP 4, National People's Party 3 and Independents 10).