Manipur CM N Biren Singh wins trust vote

3 days ago | 20-03-2017 | IBNS

Guwahati, Mar 20 : : Nongthombam Biren Singh, the first BJP Chief Minister of Manipur, on Monday won the trust vote in the 60-member Assembly through a voice vote.

The trust vote was preceded by a floor test, which Singh had won with the support of 32 legislators, excluding the Speaker as against 27 votes obtained by the Congress.

Governor Najma Heptullah had invited the BJP, which won 21 seats, ten short of absolute majority, to form the Government following a fractured mandate in the elections conducted in early March.

The BJP garnered the support of four each MLAs of NPP and NPF, one MLA of LJP and one each lawmaker of Congress and Trinamool Congress, who joined the saffron party.

Singh, a former national level football player, took oath as the CM of Manipur on March 16 along with eight other ministers.

Only two BJP MLAs, including the Chief Minister, were inducted into the the BJP-led Ministry, while the rest were taken from the post-poll allies.

Y. Khemchand of BJP has been chosen as the Speaker of the 11th Manipur legislative Assembly with support of 33 MLAs.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)