BJP Confident of Forming Manipur Govt After NPP, NPF Lend Support

BJP Confident of Forming Manipur Govt After NPP, NPF Lend Support

However, Governor Najma Heptulla mentioned that no process of government formation can take place until he resigns as Chief Minister of the state.

The night before, the BJP central leadership, flanked by Himanta Biswa Sarma, a minister in the Assam government who has emerged as the party's wheeler dealer in the region, claimed to have 32 MLAs.

Meanwhile, Congress legislature party meeting was underway at the chief minister's office where 27 MLAs were present, the party's state general secretary Devrata Singh said. Former Congress Ministers, who switched to BJP, Y Erabot and Francis Ngajokpa were other important losers. The election threw up a hung verdict with none of the parties being able to cross the magic figure of 31. He said, "It is politics, in democracy ultimately numbers matter, nobody goes by principles".

"BJP is forming its government in Manipur with full majority. BJP stealing elections in Goa and Manipur (sic)", Chidambaram said in a tweet.

Admitting that the "incumbency" factor played one of the roles which prevented the BJP from the securing more seats, Parrikar said, "We don't try to pass on the buck; we all are responsible for the fractured mandate".

Ibobi got 18,649 votes while his rival BJP candidate Basanta got 8,179 votes in Thoubal.

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"Along with one Lok Janshakti Party (LJP ) member, the four MLAs of the National Peoples Party (NPP), one MLA from the Trinamool Congress and one MLA from the Congress called on me".

The Congress was apparently counting on the support of the GFP which has won three seats in its debut election. Even though we have fought separately, we are hopeful that they will join us as they are our partners in the NDA Government.

The party leader said BJP in different states have different strategies and at the end of the day, it is the central leadership which finally decides on the strategy.

According to Lyngdoh, BJP wants to strengthen itself in Meghalaya and the same will be the case of NPP and other regional parties in the State. "I will tender my resignation from the post of Chief Minister in a short period of time, either today or tomorrow", he told a press conference.

The BJP may still succeed in coming to power in the coastal state on the basis of alliance with Independents and the MGP, but its path to power is no longer clear.