In a historic moment for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Nongthombam Biren Singh is all set to take oath as its first Chief Minister in Manipur tomorrow after Governor Najma Heptulla invited him to form government in the North Eastern state.
BJP President Amit Shah and Union Minister Jitendra Singh are expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony in Imphal tomorrow, sources said.
Jitendra Singh holds independent charge of Development of North Eastern Region in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet.
In a fractured mandate, the Congress emerged as the single largest party with 28 MLAs in 60-member Assembly but BJP, which won 21 seats, stole the march by roping in the support of regional parties.
Naga People’s Front (NPF) and National People’s Party (NPP) legislators won four seats each while Lok Janshakti Party and Trinamool Congress bagged one seat each.
Four NPF MLAs today met Governor Najma Heptulla and extended their support to the BJP for formation of the new government in the state.
While the NPF is a constituent of the NDA, four NPP legislators had extended their support to the BJP earlier.
The BJP has claimed that it enjoyed the support of 32 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly.
A BJP delegation had met the Governor on Sunday with 21 party MLAs besides 4 NPP MLAs, one LJP and TMC MLA and a Congress MLA.
BJP had also claimed that they have the support of the NPF and also submitted a letter from the NPF president pledging their support to the BJP to form the government.
Raj Bhavan sources had earlier said that the Governor wanted to meet the NPF MLAs and verify on her own as to whom they are supporting in the formation of the next government in the hung Manipur Assembly.
Meanwhile, four NPF MLAs have demanded ministerial berths in the council of Biren Singh.
“As per resolutions of the March 13 meeting of the Manipur unit of the NPF its four MLAs should be inducted in the council of ministers,” the letter said.