IMPHAL, MARCH 13: BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said, “We will prove our majority in the House. The people’s mandate was against the Congress and CM Okram Ibobi Singh.”
The Congress received around 35% votes, while the BJP dramatically raised it’s share to 36.3%. It claimed support of National People’s Party (4 MLAs), Naga People’s Front (4), LJP (1) and lone independent Ashab Uddin, whose aligning with the saffron party raised a furore, with Congress official CP Joshi alleging violation of democracy.
Sources said independent MLA-elect Ashab Uddin was flown back to Guwahati after high drama at Imphal airport on Sunday. It all began around noon when Ashab, elected from Jiribam bordering Cachar district of Assam, landed at Imphal airport from Guwahati accompanied by Congress minister Abdul Nasir.
According to Nasir, BJP MLA Biswajit Singh was waiting with CISF officials at the airport tarmac. He alleged that Biswajit took Ashab away with the help of CISF officials.
Security personnel at the airport said Ashab, after seeing the tussle between Biswajit and Nasir, said he wanted to return to Guwahati. He was flown back to Guwahati on a chartered aircraft.
AICC general secretary C P Joshi alleged Ashab’s “detention” by CISF was illegal and there was no bigger violation of democracy. “The Centre used the state machinery to sabotage democracy in Manipur,” he lamented. CISF refused to comment on the Joshi’s allegation. BJP, which won 21 seats up from zero in 2012, now has support of 11 MLAs required to form government its third in the Northeast. Manipur BJP general secretary Thongam Biswajit Singh and senior spokesman N Biren Singh are top contenders for the post.
BJP’s Manipur in-charge Prahlad Singh Patel said, “We met the governor and submitted the list of 31 MLAs who will support a BJP government.”
After 28 Congress MLAs elected Ibobi Singh as the new leader of the Congress legislature party, party spokesman Debabrata Singh said the Congress would soon stake its claim to form the government.
Source: The Times of India