Both Congress and BJP are making all efforts to form government in Manipur. Leaders of both the parties met Governor Najma Heptulla in Imphal last night, with the ruling Congress staking claim to form the government and BJP showing its strength.
The Governor asked incumbent Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh of the Congress to submit his resignation immediately, so that the process of formation of the next government can be started. Until and unless the present chief minister resigns, the process of formation of the government cannot start.
It was during the meeting that Ibobi Singh had staked claim to form the next government by showing a list of 28 Congress MLAs. He also claimed to have the support of four National People’s Party (NPP) MLAs.
The BJP leadership with their 21 MLAs, along with NPP president and four party MLAs, one Congress MLA, lone LJP and TMC MLAs had also met the Governor.
The Congress had won 28 seats in Manipur, followed by the BJP 21. The NPP and the NPF have won four seats each, while the LJP and the Trinamool Congress have bagged one seat each.
BJP’s state legislature party is meeting this afternoon to elect its new leader and to formally stake claim to form the government.