First BJP-led govt to take charge in Manipur

RSTV Bureau
Imphal: N Biren Singh is greeted after he was elected at BJP legislature party leader in Imphal, March 13, 2017. Union Power Minister and BJP observer Piyush Goyal and HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar are also seen.  Photo - PTI

Imphal: N Biren Singh is greeted after he was elected at BJP legislature party leader in Imphal, March 13, 2017. Union Power Minister and BJP observer Piyush Goyal and HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar are also seen.
Photo – PTI

Manipur is all set to get the first ever BJP government on Wednesday when governor Najma Heptullah administers the oath of office to BJP legislature party leader N Biren Singh.

BJP won 21 seats, less than two third the total number required in the house of 60. But the party outsmarted its arch rival Congress in garnering the support of smaller parties.

Outgoing Congress CM Okram Ibobi Singh, time as the party won 28 seats but fell short of just 03 members

Heptulla Tuesday invited Singh, who was unanimously elected the leader of the 21-member BJP legislature party yesterday, to form the government.

The invitation to Singh came on a day when four members of the Naga People’s Front, an NDA ally, met the Governor and declared their support to BJP for government formation.

Raj Bhavan sources said the swearing-in would take place at one PM tomorrow.

On being asked about how many ministers will take oath along with the Chief Minister, BJP sources here said it was yet to be worked out.

“However, It will be a small ministry and it will have representation from other allies,” the sources said.

“Four NPF MLAs met the Governor and extended their support to the BJP for government formation,” a Raj Bhavan source told news agencies.

The BJP has claimed support of 32 MLAs in the 60-member assembly.

A BJP delegation had met the Governor on Sunday with 21 party MLAs besides four of NPP, and one legislator each of LJP, TMC and Congress.

The BJP had also claimed the support of the NPF and submitted a letter from the Naga People’s Front president pledging the party’s support to form the government.

Raj Bhavan sources said the Governor wanted to meet the NPF MLAs personally to ascertain whether they backed the BJP in forming the government.

After Goa, Manipur would be the second state among the five where elections were held recently where the BJP would form a government despite not being the single largest party by cobbling together a post-poll alliance.

Congress, which has 28 MLAs, led the tally. Okram Ibobi Singh, its Chief Minister for three consecutive terms, had resigned and staked claim to form the government, but numbers were on BJP’s side.

BJP runs a coalition government in Assam and has its own government in Arunachal Pradesh crafted through defection.