Biren Singh set to become Manipur’s BJP CM- Nagaland Post

IMPHAL, 13 MARCH,2017: Former congressmen, Nongthongbam Biren Singh, who resigned from the Congress in the run up to the recently concluded elections to 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly, is all set to become the chief minister of Manipur.
Biren was on Monday elected as BJP’s legislature party leader after a marathon meeting held at Imphal’s Hotel Grande, which was attended by some national leaders of the party including BJP national vice-president, Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, party election in-charge of Manipur, Union MHRD minister, Prakash Javadekar, and Union MoS power, Piyush Goyal.
After the meeting, Piyush Goyal, who attended the meeting as party observer, announced the election of N Biren as BJP legislator party leader. “Biren would lead the formation of BJP-led government in Manipur. He has been elected unanimously the leader of the newly elected legislators of the BJP,” he announced to the media gathering at the meeting venue late afternoon.
Soon after the meeting, Biren accompanied by national leaders led the legislators of the party to Raj Bhavan where they called on with the Governor to stake majority claim and to form the government.
Besides BJP legislators, Biren was accompanied by 10 elected legislators, four each from NPP and NFP and the lone LJP legislator and defected Congress legislator Th Shyamkumar.
The elected AITC and independent legislators were not part of the Biren-led team. Biren was a minister in the first two terms of Ibobi-led Congress government. Not only minister, he was also one of the powerful Congressmen and trouble-shooters of Ibobi government until he left the party.
Ibobi resigns as CM
Outgoing Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh resigned today after Governor Najma Heptullah said she could not start the process of government formation in the state that has got a hung Assembly, till he quits.
Singh, who had earlier today said he would resign by tomorrow, submitted his resignation papers to the Governor, Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam told PTI. Singh has been arguing that Congress being the single largest party with 28 seats, he should be given the first opportunity to form the government.
“I am ready for a floor test and I have the numbers with me,” said Singh. Heptullah, however, said earlier that she could only start the process of government formation once the incumbent chief minister resigned as per norms.
“I have not received till today any resignation from the chief minister (O Ibobi Singh) though I told him yesterday I can start the process of government formation only after you resign,” Heptullah said.
As per rules, until the present chief minister resigns, the process of government formation cannot be started, said a highly-placed Raj Bhavan source.
Singh, who has been serving as chief minister for 15 years since 2002, was elected as leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) yesterday and had staked claim to form the government late last night.
BJP artificially created majority, Governor to be blamed: Congress
After the BJP announced Nongthombam Biren Singh as the chief ministerial candidate for Manipur, the Congress Party on Monday said this was an artificially created majority and accused state Governor Najma Heptulla for incompetence.
“The Congress secured 28 seats against 21 by the BJP out of 60 seats. In Manipur, the Congress was in power and we were only two seats short of majority and we were the single largest party. The Governor is to be equally blamed for this kind of conspiracy,” Congress leader Veerappa Moily told ANI.
He added that the Constitution has been violated. “The Constitution says that even if there is a majority by any one party, the single largest party’s leader is called. That is given the first option to form a government. But here that has not happened in Manipur,” Moily added.
He further said that it is incumbent on the part of the Governor to call the Chief Minister and only if he fails to form a government then the option could be given to the next.
“This basic convention of the Constitution and the well tested process has not been adopted by the Governor. She was waiting for the BJP to manufacture,” he asserted.
Continuing his tirade against the BJP, Moily said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was expected to be more magnanimous with a success in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
“But the Prime Minister has demonstrated dirty greediness to capture power. He forgets that Manipur is the most sensitive state and that Congress built the integral part of this state,” he added.
He further said that the anti-defection law which is the part of the Constitution has been broken and violated.
“They think that they can make India free from Congress by misusing law. BJP president Amit Shah said that even if they did not get the majority they will make it through, which means the conspiracy has been designed,” Moily said.
Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal said the decision is unanimous and the BJP would soon move to stake claim to form government in the state. (Source- Nagaland Post)


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