Manipur: BJP lawmakers camp in Guwahati ahead of trust vote

SansadTV Bureau

Ahead of the floor test, Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla has appointed BJP MLA V Hangkhanlian as the Protem Speaker of Manipur Assembly.

V Hangkhanlian would be sworn in as the Protem Speaker by the Governor tomorrow at Raj Bhawan here, the sources said.

Manipur: Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla handing over the invitation letter to BJP leader Nongthombam Biren Singh to form the government of Manipur at Raj Bhavan, Imphal , Manipur on Tuesday.PTI Photo

Manipur: Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla handing over the invitation letter to BJP leader Nongthombam Biren Singh to form the government of Manipur at Raj Bhavan, Imphal , Manipur on Tuesday.PTI Photo

Newly elected Manipur BJP lawmakers have been lodged in a Guwahati hotel along with an Independent and a Trinamool Congress lawmaker since Thursday.  They are believed to be in the city ahead of the trust vote in the state assembly on Monday.

The Protem Speaker would then administer the oath to all newly elected MLAs, the sources said. Hangkhanlian, was elected from Churachandpur assembly constituency on a BJP ticket.

North-east Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convener and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, said

“It is a fact that BJP MLAs from Manipur are camping here. The Congress MLAs are also camping together in Manipur,” said Sarma, who is credited with enabling BJP form its first-ever government in Manipur.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a meeting, the high profile Assam Cabinet minister said, “It (camping together) should be done as reports are flying that one party is trying to pull legislators from another and these have created apprehensions.”

Without elaborating Sarma said, “The MLAs (of Manipur) will be sworn-in tomorrow and the next day the Speaker of the legislative assembly will be elected followed by trust vote the same day.”

“We (BJP-led NEDA government) have 33 legislators and Congress 27 MLAs (in a 60-member House),” he said.