Manipur elections 2017: BJP’s N Biren Singh gets Najma Heptullah invite

Imphal | Updated: March 15, 2017 2:13:18 AM

With Manipur governor Najma Heptulla stating on Tuesday that she has invited the BJP-led coalition to form the next government in the state, Chief Minister-designate N Biren Singh is slated to take oath on Wednesday along with 11 cabinet ministers.

Najma Heptulla admitted that outgoing chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh had met her and staked claim to form the government.

With Manipur governor Najma Heptulla stating on Tuesday that she has invited the BJP-led coalition to form the next government in the state, Chief Minister-designate N Biren Singh is slated to take oath on Wednesday along with 11 cabinet ministers. “The responsibility of the Governor, vested by the Constitution, is to weigh and measure the stability of the state. I know the Congress is the single largest party. But it is not incumbent on the Governor to call them. And yesterday’s statement, and ruling of the Supreme Court today, shows this. It is the responsibility of the Governor to see who has got majority, in the interest of the state and in the interest of the stability of the state,” said Heptulla, addressing the media in the evening.

“There are a number of things important for Manipur — development and issues regarding the youth and jobs. For this, stability is necessary,” she said, adding that the BJP has the numbers. “They have more than 30, the have the requisite numbers,” she said.

Heptulla admitted that outgoing chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh had met her and staked claim to form the government. “I don’t know what allegations the Congress is making. In my 37 years in Parliament and 17 in the chair, even when I was a part of the Congress, I have had to work with both Congress and non-Congress governments. Nobody has ever alleged that I was biased or unfair. Even the Congress party has never complained. They know that I am a straightforward person and that I have always gone by the book,” she said.

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The Governor said she was yet to receive the list of those who will be sworn in on Wednesday.

“I have not spoken to the chief mnister (N Biren), but I would like him to prove majority as soon as possible on the floor of the house. Either on the 22nd or 23rd of this month,” she said. “I want the government to start functioning and start their work as soon as possible. I have been in Manipur for seven months, and I want whatever is necessary for the development and progress of the state and prosperity of the people. I expect the government that has been chosen to do this,” she added.

Esha Roy

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