On a day that saw both BJP and Congress claimed majority in Manipur Assembly, state chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh has refused to resign claiming that the Congress has majority to form government.
On a day that saw both BJP and Congress claimed majority in Manipur Assembly, state chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh has refused to resign claiming that the Congress has majority to form government. The state assembly has 60 seats. In the results declared on Saturday, Congress won most number of seats with 28, followed by the BJP with 21. Speaking to media persons, state governor Najma Heptullah said that even while the Congres had brought letter of support signed by the NPP, it could not be accepted as the the same party had earlier submitted letter showing support to the BJP. Heptulla also said that she was yet to receive resignation letter from Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh.
Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh had earlier staked claim to form the government in Manipur. This came a day following BJP’s claims that it has the numbers despite finishing second in the Assembly comprising 60 seats. Meanwhile, earlier, Manipur Governor had asked Congress CM Okram Ibobi Singh to resign so that the process of formation of next government can be started. The CM had reportedly told Manipur Governor Najma Heptullah that his party should be invited to form the government as it had emerged as the single-largest party having secured 28 seats.Interestingly the Congress had said that it had the support of the NPP, NPF, Trinamool, and LJP.
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The BJP is within a striking distance of forming a government in Manipur for the first time though it emerged as the second largest party after the Congress, provided it is able to enlist the support of three NDA partners. The election threw up a hung verdict with none of the two mainstream parties being able to cross the magic figure of 31 in the 60-member Assembly. The Congress was the closest with 28 seats against BJP’s 21, an impressive performance by all accounts. Meanwhile, Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Monday tore into BJP saying the party is “stealing elections in Goa and Manipur.” He tweeted: “A party that comes second has no right to form the Government.”
The BJP is confident of forming the government by securing the support of the Nationalist People’s Party (NPP) and Naga People’s Front (NPF), alliance partners of the North East Democratic Alliance and NDA at the Centre, which bagged four seats each. The LJP, which is an NDA partner, TMC and Independents have bagged one seat each.
(with PTI inputs)