BJP wins trust vote in Manipur, secures first govt in the state

SansadTV Bureau

BJP’s first government in Manipur has successfully proved its majority on Monday’s first assembly sitting. With 32 votes in its favour, BJP lead by Chief Minister N Biren Singh managed to secure its government.

 Chief Minister N Biren Singh

Chief Minister N Biren Singh

BJP was the second largest with 21 seats out of the 60 in the state assembly, needed another 10 to prove majority. After support from Naga People’s Front, the National People’s Party, Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janashakti Party and two other supported the BJP to sail through floor test.

A defector MLA from the Congress and the lone legislator from Trinamool Congres stood by BJP. The Congress, which won 28 seats, has been unable to get the support of three legislators it needs to prove majority.

Earlier on Sunday, Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla administered the oath of Protem Speaker to Hangkhalian at a function held at the Raj Bhavan. Newly-elected BJP MLAs of Manipur were sworn-in by the Hangkhalian ahead of the floor test.

Meanwhile, the economic blockade imposed by the United Naga Council was lifted on Sunday. The blockage, which lasted for over 100 days, prevented movement of essential goods. Lifting the blockade was a key poll promise made by the BJP.

Appreciating the “first step of the newly formed government” led by the BJP, Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla said the lifting of the blockade “will usher in an era of peace and prosperity” in the northeastern state.

Chief Minister Biren Singh said the lifting of the blockade was “just the beginning” and that his government was trying to fulfil the promises Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made to the people of the state.