IMPHAL, March 20 2017: It’s reliving the Goa episode all over again for the congress after the BJP once again proved its strength in the house of the Manipur Legislative Party.
The N Biren Singh government who faced the crucial trust vote in Manipur following the plea moved by the Congress who maintained that the single largest party should come to power, emerged victorious with the support of 32 votes in its favour.
The party, which was the second largest with 21 seats out of the 60 in the state assembly, needed another 10 to prove majority. The Saffron party mustered the support of local parties like the Naga People’s Front and the National People’s Party, which have four lawmakers each. Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janashakti Party, an NDA ally, had one seat. The two other supporters was a defector from the Congress and the lone legislator from Trinamool Congress
The Congress, which won 28 seats, was unable to get the support of three legislators it needs to prove majority.
Ahead of the floor test, Yumnam Khemchand Singh of BJP was elected as the new Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly. Khemchand, a legislator from Singjamei constituency, was elected Speaker by voice vote when the House assembled this morning ahead of the floor test by N Biren Singh government.
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