Congress MLA Keisham Meghachandra, who moved the motion on behalf of the party, said the matter has been listed for discussion in the business agenda of the House circulated by the Assembly secretary. “The rules of business of the House clearly mention that if there are two separate motions on the same spirit of the topic, one moved by the Opposition and the other by the government, priority should be given to the government’s motion,” he added. “So, Congress will take part in the discussion.” Congress is targeting the BJP government over the drug smuggling case after failed attempts to dislodge the saffron party. In June, nine members of the BJP-led coalition, including four ministers of the National People’s Party, had withdrawn support to join Congress-led coalition – Secular Progressive Front. However, after a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President JP Nadda, the rebel NPP legislators said they will continue to support the coalition government.

The 60-member Manipur Assembly now has a strength of 53 after the resignation of three BJP MLAs and disqualification of four members under the anti-defection law.