Manipur Cong Legislative Party leader and former CM Okram Ibobi Singh Credit: File image

Imphal: Amid dramatic political development in Manipur, three-time chief minister and state Congress legislative party (CLP) leader Okram Ibobi Singh, in a significant development, met governor Najma Heptulla on Thursday and staked his claim to prove majority in the House and form the new SPF (Secular Progressive Front) government in Manipur.

The Congress-led delegation also requested the governor to call for a special assembly session soon to pass no confidence motion against the BJP-led government headed by N Biren Singh.

The CLP leader also submitted a letter to the governor which bears the signature of all 36 MLAs which have extended their support to the Congress party.

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“Request to move the No Objection Motion has been submitted to governor today to form the SPF government under Okram Ibobi Singh,” said National People’s Party (NPP) Manipur unit chief, Thangminlien Haokip.

Meanwhile, state Congress spokesperson, Ningombam Bupenda Meitei, said, “I hope that the minority BJP government in Manipur will be dismissed soon by governor. I also pray that our Constitution of India will be upheld by all. In the interest of democracy and to uphold our Constitution, Manipur must have the new SPF Govt.”

Expecting a reply from governor by Thursday night or by Friday, the Congress spokesperson also said, “Chief minister N Biren Singh should tender his resignation from the post of chief minister on moral ground as his party is now minority in the state.”

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NPP chief and Meghalaya CM Conrad K Sangma

Talking to media, president of the NPP and the chief minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma, said that three party MLAs have withdrawn support from the BJP-led government in Manipur.

“We are looking into the political development in Manipur. Party national secretaries have been asked to submit report in this regard soon,” he said.

Meanwhile, Congress MLA K Meghachandra has already served a notice of motion to the Manipur assembly secretary for removal of Speaker Yumnam Khemchand Singh under Article 179 (e) of the Constitution of India on Thursday.

Earlier, three National People’s Party (NPP) members and two independent MLAs had officially announced their support to Congress party and three BJP MLAs had 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.

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