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Manipur: Congress MLA Switches Loyalty, BJP Set to Form Govt With NPP, LJP Support

After Manipur Congress MLA T Shyam Kumar pledged his loyalty to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday, the prospects of forming a BJP-led government in the hilly state appear to be bright.

Subhajit Sengupta | CNN-News18SubhajitSG

Updated:March 13, 2017, 12:04 AM IST
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Manipur: Congress MLA Switches Loyalty, BJP Set to Form Govt With NPP, LJP Support
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Imphal: After Manipur Congress MLA T Shyam Kumar pledged his loyalty to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday, the prospects of forming a BJP-led government in the hilly state appear to be bright.

Shyam Kumar, the Congress MLA from Andro constituency, will resign and contest on a BJP ticket which means he will be disqualified, bringing down the total number of Manipur Assembly to 59. Thus, the effective majority now will go down to 30, allowing the BJP to form the next government comfortably.

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Apart from Shyam Kumar, MC MLA Rabindro on Sunday also joined the BJP-led alliance. With Rabindro's joining, the strength of BJP has gone up to 32 (31+1).

NPP, LJP extend support

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which won 21 seats in the assembly elections held earlier this month, achieved the vaunted 31-seat mark earlier in the day with the support of its ally Naga People's Front (NPF) (4 seats), and the NPP (4 seats), LJP (1) and one Independent.

On Sunday, the BJP-led alliance met with Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla to stake claim to form the new government in the state with the support of the NPP and the LJP.

The Number Game

The ruling Congress finished as the single-largest party, but three short of a majority in a hung Manipur Assembly on Saturday, with the BJP, for the first time, emerging the second largest outfit in the northeastern state where smaller parties and an independent lawmaker now hold the key to government formation.

With all results of the 60-member house declared, the Congress got 28 seats, seven more than the BJP (21), after a day-long see-saw battle for the top slot between the two outfits.

ALSO READ: Congress Largest Party in Hung Manipur Assembly, BJP Finishes 2nd

| Edited by: Bijaya Das
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