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.
I thank my team,it is not my success it is success of Modi Ji, BJP and people of Manipur: CM N.Biren Singh after floor test win in Assembly pic.twitter.com/Q0RGePB6BV
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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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