Imphal: Who will form government in Manipur? This is a question that is on the lips of almost everyone. After the Congress emerged the single largest party with 28 seats in the 60 seat assembly of the state, people thought that the Congress party will easily get the support of three MLAs and form the government.
But it was not the Congress party that staked claim to form the government. On the contrary, it was the BJP that approached the Governor Najma Heptullah and staked claim to form the government despite getting merely 21 members elected to the state assembly.
While the BJP did extremely well in the state where it didn’t had a single member in the outgoing state assembly, it still lacked the numbers.
The Congress was looking rather sure in the state that the Governor will invite it to form the government and prove majority on the floor of the house as is the norm. But apparently it went into depression. Now Okram Ibobi Singh has requested Governor Najma Heptullah to allow his party to form government in the state.
Till the Congress woke up from slumber, it looked as if its chances were finished. But apparently it was not the case. The race for government formation in Manipur doesn’t seem over yet. After BJP met Governor Najma Heptullah on Sunday night to stake claim, Congress’s incumbent chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh too went to the Raj Bhawan late at night. Singh, who had been elected Congress legislature party leader earlier in the day, told reporters that he requested the Governor to allow his party, the single largest with 28 MLAs, to form the government and prove majority on the floor of the House.
While talking to the media he said, “I am hoping the Governor will do justice”. There were reports that the Congress MLA from Andro, T Shyamkumar had given support to the BJP and had gone to the Raj Bhawan with BJP leaders. But Ibobi said to the reporters that there has been no defection yet.
Nonetheless, Ibobi task is tougher than anticipated. There rumors doing the rounds that more than a dozen Congress MLAs might switch over to the BJP as they are unhappy with Ibobi getting elected as the CLP leader again.
In the outgoing assembly the Congress had 42 seats. Though the tally came down to 28, the party still managed to win 28 seats.