Cong sources claim to have support of 36 MLAs in 60-member Assembly; party to support Okram Ibobi Singh as new CM
Imphal: With the assured support of 36 legislators in the 60-member Manipur Legislative Assembly, a high-level delegation of the Congress party is likely to meet the state governor on Thursday to stake its claim to form the next government in the state.
Terming the political development in Manipur as the beginning of downfall of BJP rule in India, the Congress party has expressed confidence that the party will form the next government in the state.
Party spokesperson Ningombam Bupenda Meitei said that senior party leader and three times chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh will become the new chief minister of Manipur.
“Today marks the dusk of Modi regime in India for 2024. Today is the new beginning of India. Today is the new sunrise for Manipur,” he said.
Four National People’s Party (NPP) members and two independent MLAs have officially announced their support to Congress party and three BJP MLAs have joined the Congress on Wednesday.
With the support of NPP and independent MLAs, Congress, now, has the majority in House with 36 MLAs, sources said, adding: Party with minority can’t form government.
“The beginning of downfall of BJP rule in India happens today in Imphal, Manipur. Very soon, there will be people's true government which is the new Congress led coalition government in Manipur. I am confident that 3 times chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh will become the new chief minister of Manipur. Today marks the dusk of Modi regime in India for 2024. Today is the new beginning of India. Today is the new sunrise for Manipur,” Ningombam Bupenda Meitei said oin Twitter.
Earlier on Wednesday, the N Biren Singh-led BJP government in Manipur received a big jolt following nine MLAs, including three BJP legislators, resigned from the party and joined the Congress.
Four members of NPP, a coalition party of BJP government in the state, including health minister L Jayantakumar Singh, deputy chief minister Y Joykumar Singh, tribal affairs minister N Kayisii and YAS minister Letpao Haokip, withdrew support to the BJP.
The state’s lone independent MLA of Jiribam and Trinamol Congress MLA has also withdrawn support to the BJP-led coalition government and expressed support to the Congress.
In a press conference, deputy chief minister Y Joykumar Singh officially announced the withdrawal of his support to the BJP.
“Everyone is aware of the political development in the last few months in Manipur. In respect of this BJP-led government and the kind of treatment we received, including myself,” said Singh.
Earlier, during the month of April this year, Manipur deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar, a former DGP, had been stripped of all his portfolios after four ministers of his NPP were asked to resign from the BJP-led coalition government. He was made minister without portfolios. BJP asked the NPP ministers to resign because of the “irresponsible and derogatory” remarks Joykumar had allegedly made about the chief minister.