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BJP-led govt wins floor test in Manipur, Biren Singh gets support of 32 MLAs

India TV Politics Desk Imphal 20 Mar 2017, 13:55:05 IST
India TV Politics Desk

The BJP government in Manipur led by Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh won the floor test in the state Assembly on Monday. 

Biren Singh got support from 32 lawmakers in the 60-member state Assembly. Also, BJP’s Yumnam Khemchand Singh has been elected as the Speaker of the state assembly. 

Khemchand, a legislator from Singjamei constituency, was elected Speaker by voice vote when the House assembled this morning ahead of the floor test by N Biren Singh government. 

In a fractured mandate, the Congress emerged as the single largest party with 28 MLAs in 60-member Assembly but BJP, which won 21 seats, stole the march by roping in the support of regional parties. 

N. Biren Singh – a former footballer and Congressman who joined the BJP in October 2016 – was sworn in as the first BJP Chief Minister of Manipur on March 16.

Earlier, BJP lodged all its legislators in a Guwahati hotel along with an Independent and a Trinamool Congress lawmaker since Thursday to keep them from being influenced by the rival party. 

Only two BJP MLAs including the Chief Minister were inducted in the BJP-led ministry, while four MLAs of NPP, one each of NPF, LJP and the Congress legislator who joined the saffron party were included in the ministry.