Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla Asks CM O Ibobi Singh to Submit Resignation
Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla on Monday asked incumbent Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh to submit his resignation immediately, so that the process of formation of the next government can be started.
File photo of incumbent Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh.
Imphal: Amid outgoing Manipur Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam claiming that Congress must be allowed first to form the government in the state, Governor Najma Heptulla on Monday asked incumbent Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh to submit his resignation immediately, so that the process of formation of the next government can be started.
"Ibobi Singh, along with deputy chief minister Gaikhamgam and state Congress president T N Haokip, had met the Governor last night. The Governor had asked Singh to resign immediately so that she can start the process of government formation," a highly placed source in the Governor's House said.
"As per rules, until and unless the present chief minister resigns, the process of formation of the next government cannot be started," the source said.
"On seeing the names of the four NPP MLAs on an ordinary piece of paper, Heptullah asked Ibobi Singh to bring the NPP president and the MLAs," the Governor House source said.
The Governor said that it was her duty to cross check the claims and that she would not accept an ordinary piece of paper as a "letter of support" unless she meets the NPP MLAs, the source said.
They also submitted a letter from the Naga People's Front (NPF) president regarding their support to the BJP to form the government, the source said, adding that the Governor is yet to invite any party for government formation.
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.
Meanwhile, the Congress Legislature Party meeting was underway at the Chief Minister's office where 27 MLAs were present, said Manipur state Congress general secretary Devrata Singh.
"Cong be given first chance to form Manipur govt'
Outgoing deputy chief minister Gaikhangam on Monday said the Congress, being the single largest party, must be allowed first to form the government.
Gaikhangam also described as "completely baseless" the reports that several Congress legislators, including Shyam Kumar, were in touch with the BJP and expressed a desire to support a BJP government.
"The entire Congress is united and stand firmly behind Ibobi Singh. These reports of defection in the Congress are absolutely baseless and have been planted by the BJP to create confusion," he said.
State BJP leader N Biren, however, denied the charges.Meanwhile, NPP general secretary Vivek Raj on Monday said that the party and all its MLAs firmly stood behind the BJP and would support a BJP government in the state.
"There is no question of supporting the Congress. We will support the BJP," he said.
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