Manipur Floor Test: BJP’s Biren Singh Wins With 32 Votes — 10 Facts

Published on Mar 20 2017 - - India - -

IMPHAL: The N Biren Singh government has won the crucial trust vote in Manipur, with 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 Congress, which won 28 seats, has been unable to get the support of three legislators it needs to prove majority. The BJP had received support from 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.
Here are the 10 latest developments in this story:
Ahead of the trust vote, The BJP had kept its lawmakers at a secluded hotel in Assam’s Guwahati to keep them from being influenced by the rival party. The 27 legislators of Congress have been kept at the house of an MLA in Imphal for a similar reason.
N Biren Singh – a former footballer and Congressman who joined the BJP in October 2016– had taken oath as the Chief Minister on March 15, along with eight ministers of his new cabinet.
As in Goa — where it won the trust vote despite Congress winning the most seats — the BJP distributed most of the ministerial portfolios in Manipur to local allies with the hope of retaining their support for the crucial trust vote.
The National People’s Party was given two ministerial berths, including that of the Deputy Chief Minister, a post being held by Joykumar Singh. The Naga People’s Front got three ministerial berths.
The lone legislator of NDA ally Lok Jan Shakti Party also took oath as a minister. So did Thounaojam Shyamkumar Singh, who defected from Congress.
Besides the Chief Minister, the BJP has so far kept one ministerial berth for itself — Thongam Biswajit Singh, who was a contender for the top post.
Trinamool Congress legislator Robindro Singh said the party has given him freedom to offer support to the BJP.
On the eve of the trust vote, the N Biren Singh government successfully lifted the Naga economic blockade that had crippled the state’s supply lines for the last 130 days. The blockade — led by the United Naga Council — ended last evening after talks with the central and state governments.
No party received simple majority in the 2017 assembly election in the state. The Congress, who ruled the state for the last 15 years, emerged as a single largest party with 28 of the total 60 seats.
The BJP, which made its debut in Manipur this year, went from zero to 21 seats. The party won the crucial elections in Assam last year and also controls Arunachal Pradesh.

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