After Goa, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would be forming government in Manipur too. On Wednesday, the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate N Biren Singh and his council of ministers will be taking the oath of office in the presence of BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minister Jitendra Singh. The oath taking ceremony is scheduled to take place at 1:00 PM. BJP had secured 21 seats in Manipur while Congress had secured 28 seats. Even after securing more seats than the BJP, Congress could not form government in the state as other small parties and Independents had extended their support to the BJP. Following his inability to beat the BJP tally, Chief Minister of Manipur, Okram Ibobi Singh, who had reigned in the state for 15 years, had to tender his resignation from the post.
In Manipur, Congress has met with the same fate as in Goa where Manohar Parrikar took the oath of office as the chief minister on Tuesday despite not being the largest party in the state. Congress secured more seats in the state but could not get support from other parties and Independents and hence failed to form the government.
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The Bharatiya Janata Party had moved quickly after the elections were announced on Saturday and had announced its chief ministerial candidate for Manipur on Monday. Long time Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh after initially refusing to resign, agreed to do so on Monday thereby clearing the path for the BJP to form the government in the state with the support of Naga People’s Front, Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP and National People’s Party.
Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla while addressing the media on Tuesday hit out at the Congress’ allegation of being biased and said that never in her 37 years of service have such allegations been made against her. “In my 37 years in Parliament & when I was in Congress and worked with non-Congress govts, never have such allegations been put on me”, she said.