Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh proves majority, says it is success of PM Modi and people

BJP wins trust vote in Manipur Assembly.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 20, 2017 4:20:59 pm
Manipur elections, Manipur floor test, Manipur election results, Nongthombam Biren Singh, N Biren Singh, floor test in Manipur, BJP in Manipur, Congress-BJP-Manipur, india news, indian express New Chief Minister of Manipur N Biren Singh after taking the oath of office during his swearing-in ceremony in Imphal on Wednesday. (Source: PTI)

Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh Monday proved his majority in the 60-member state Assembly by winning the trust vote. He won the vote of confidence through a voice vote which saw 32 legislators vote in favour and 27 against him. A Congress MLA denied the party whip and cross-voted in favour of the BJP-alliance, news channel NDTV reported. BJP lawmaker V Hangkhanlian, who was sworn in as the Protem Speaker on Sunday, oversaw the proceedings.

The BJP won 21 seats in the recently concluded state elections, ten short of the halfway mark. It, however, entered into a post-poll alliance with regional parties to stake claim to form the government. Former chief minister Ibobi Singh of the Congress, which emerged as the single largest party by winning 28 seats, failed to prove his majority before Governor Najma Heptulla. On Saturday, newly elected Manipur BJP legislators were lodged in a Guwahati hotel along with an Independent and a Trinamool Congress lawmaker to avoid getting poached.

On Sunday, the economic blockade imposed by the United Naga Council was lifted. The blockage, which lasted for over 100 days, prevented movement of essential goods. Lifting the blockade was a key poll promise made by the BJP.

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