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BJP Set To Form Government In Manipur; Governor Asks CM Ibobi Singh To Resign

Published on 13 March, 2017 at 3:00 pm By

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) scripted history by gathering enough support to form a government in Manipur.

 

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On Monday afternoon, Governor Najma Heptullah asked Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh to resign.


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Till before this assembly election, the BJP was nowhere in Manipur. In the last elections held in 2012, the BJP had not been able to win a single seat.

Thus from 0 (zero) mark to a government formation level is evidence of the evolution of the party in the last couple of years.

 


Late on Sunday, party leaders met Heptullah and claimed that they have the support of four MLAs each of the National People’s Party and Naga People’s Front, one MLA of the LJP and two others.

Among the others are independent MLA Ashab Uddin and Robindro Singh of the Trinamool Congress.

When these numbers are added to BJP’s tally of 21, it reaches 32 – one more than the seats required to form a government in the 60-member Manipur assembly.

Reports say that Congress MLA Shyamkumar Singh, from Andro constituency, defected to BJP. Even if he is disqualified for defection, the BJP will still have the majority needed to form the government.

 

Madhav and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma were the main architects of BJP’s win in Manipur.

 

Ram Madhav (center) with Himanta Biswam Sarma (holding mike) at a rally. Twitter

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav told reporters in Imphal, “We will prove our majority in the House. The people’s mandate was against Congress and CM Okram Ibobi Singh. We have been able to come to an understanding with the NPP and the Lok Janshakti Party in our bid to form the government in Manipur.”

The Congress won 28 seats. Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, too, had met the Governor and staked his claim on the basis that his party emerged as the single largest winner in the polls.


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The Congress also accused the BJP of indulging in horse-trading.

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