Reverse Op Kamal in Manipur: NPP withdraws support to Biren Singh govt, Congress stakes claim

Congress leader and former chief minister O Ibobi Singh has staked a claim at power in Manipur as BJP-led coalition government has been reduced to minority in the state.

Congress leader O Ibobi Singh addressing media on Wednesday. The Congress has staked claim to power in Manipur. (India Today image)

Biren Singh government in Manipur is in trouble as National People’s Party has withdrawn support from the ruling alliance, being led by the Bharatiya Janata Party.

In 2017 Assembly polls, Congress had emerged as the single-largest party with 28 seats and BJP had won 21 out of 60 seats in Manipur. But the BJP managed to make the government under the leadership of Biren Singh by forming a coalition with the National People’s Party (NPP), Naga People’s Front (NPF) and the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP). The NPP and NPF have four MLAs each and LJP has one. One independent MLA and one TMC MLA had also backed BJP in Manipur.

But as per the latest development, the NPP has withdrawn support from the BJP-led government, putting Biren Singh’s CM chair in jeopardy. TMC as well as independent MLAs have also pulled their support from the BJP government and three BJP MLAs have also resigned. This reduces the BJP-led coalition’s strength to 23.

Meanwhile, Congress leader and former chief minister O Ibobi Singh has garnered support and staked a claim at power in the state.

(With inputs from Jit Ningomba)

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