Manipur Election Results: Congress or BJP, small parties to play King makers!

New Delhi, March 12: BJP general secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday said the party will muster support to have the numbers required to form the government in Manipur.

“The BJP has already got some support and hopes for cooperation of others as well to get the numbers required to form the government in Manipur,” he said here. He said the election results were a clear mandate against the Congress and the Ibobi Singh government.

With Manipur heading for State Congress chief T.N. Haokip says the party is looking to form the next government with the help of “like- minded secular and regional parties”, PTI reported.

Neither the Congress nor the BJP has reached the 31-seat mark needed to establish a majority in the 60-member assembly. The Congress has won or is leading in 28 constituencies, and the BJP in 21.

“We are confident that we will form the next government in Manipur. We are already in talks with like-minded secular and regional parties,” Haokip told PTI.

The National People’s Party has won four seats. The Naga Peoples Front, which has an alliance with the BJP in Nagaland, also won four seats. The Lok Jan Shakti Party has won one seat.

Asked if the Congress is open to an alliance with the Naga Peoples Front, Haokip said, “The Congress will never go for an alliance with the NPF and the BJP. We are open for alliance with any other party.”

TNT News with inputs from PTI and Livemint